Adequate shelter ranks as one of the most important aspects of a good quality of life. If someone chooses to rent instead of buying a home, the landlord, or owner of the property, and the tenant, or person renting the property, create a legal agreement in which both are required to fulfill specific obligations in order for the agreement to remain valid-- for example, when rent is due or who is responsible for repairs of the property. Because there are often misunderstandings between parties when it comes to rent and property maintenance, it is important to get proof of paying rent and meeting obligations even when living with family.

Step 1

Create a legal rental agreement in which you and the family member who owns the property are both parties. Formal legal templates are available from a number of sources, including retailers of legal forms, online and usually your local department of consumer affairs or housing; check with your municipality. Read over the agreement with the family member so there is no misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the agreement. While this may seem difficult or uncomfortable, court proceedings involving a family member can be devastating to familial relationships and should be avoided if at all possible.

Step 2

Confirm there is a place in the rental agreement that explicitly states how records of payment are kept and be prepared to follow through with this agreement -- for example, if the cancelled check is proof of payment or if a formal receipt is issued.

Step 3

Create either a copy of the check or payment by using a copy machine or electronic means such as an electronic bank statement. Save the copy for your records.