Subdivision 1. Copy of written lease to tenant. Where there is a written lease, a landlord must give a copy to a tenant occupying
a dwelling unit whose signature appears on the lease agreement. The landlord may obtain a signed and dated receipt, either as a separate document
or an acknowledgment included in the lease agreement itself, from the tenant acknowledging
that the tenant has received a copy of the lease. This signed receipt or acknowledgment is prima facie evidence that the tenant has
received a copy of the lease.
Subd. 2. Legal action to enforce lease. In any legal action to enforce a written lease, except for nonpayment of rent, disturbing
the peace, malicious destruction of property, or a violation of section 504B.171, it is a defense for the tenant to prove that the landlord failed to comply with
subdivision 1. This defense may be overcome if the landlord proves that the tenant had actual knowledge
of the term or terms of the lease upon which any legal action is based.
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