For Tenants

Whether you are interested in knowing your rights as a tenant, finding out how landlords might screen you for a place, or want to boost your apartment hunting skills, Rent Well is for you. This tenant education course that is broken out into twelve 70-minute sections. In this class you will walk through the rental process and discuss the following topics:

  • How laws affect your relationship with your landlord
  • How landlords screen potential renters
  • Different types of housing options
  • Identifying your housing wants verses needs
  • How to apply for a unit
  • Reviewing rental agreements
  • How to deal with termination and eviction processes
  • Understanding what your landlord expects of you
  • What are the responsibilities of your landlord
  • How to be a good tenant and neighbor
  • How to keep a your home healthy and safe
  • How your choices can affect your housing situation
  • How to communicate with your landlord and neighbors
  • Understanding the landlord’s point of view
  • Setting goals and action steps to achieve your housing plans

Not only will you receive all this important information and more but you will get the opportunity to create a personalized Housing Portfolio tailored to your housing needs. Depending on what county you take the course in you may have access to the Landlord Guarantee Fund once you graduate. This fund can be used as an extra incentive for landlord to rent to you. 

Classes in the Community

The classes listed below are the classes that are open to the general public only.  Please note that some classes may charge a fee. This list is updated as instructors inform the Rent Well Program of up-coming classes so check back often. There are 50+ agencies that teach the Rent Well course but most only teach it to their current or past participants. If you are working with a non-profit, case manager, or social services agency feel free to ask them if they teach Rent Well to see if you can get into one of those classes as well. You can see a list of all the agencies that are current Community Partners here

Community of Hope
Address: 8911 N Leonard St., Portland, OR 97203
Email: info@communityofhopepdx.org
To Register: Please email for upcoming dates.
Upcoming Classes:
Fees:$60.00
Area Served: Multnomah County

Department of Human Services - SE Portland Self Sufficiency Office
Address: 8129 SE Malden, Portland OR 97206
To Register: potential students need to be referred by their DHS Family Coaches
Upcoming Classes: Tuesdays 9/17 to 10/22 from 10 am to 2:30 pm
Area Served: Multnomah County

Transition Projects
Address:12151 NE Halsey Street, Portland, OR 97220

Next Classes:

Saturday Class Series
Start Date: Sept 14th, 2019
End Date: Sept 28th, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Class Type: 3-week series
Location: Portland, OR
Register online
Fees: $60 to cover course materials, workbook, and to recieve a copy of your rental background report
Languages: English
Area Served: Multnomah County

Community Action
Address: 1001 SW Baseline Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123
Phone: 503-726-0821 (English), 503-726-0821 (Spanish)
To Register: Call or email rentwell@caowash.org for registration
Upcoming Classes:

Wednesday Morning Class Series
Start Date: August 7th, 2019
End Date: Sept 11th, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Class Type: 6-week series
Location: Community Action Organization - 1001 SW Baseline St, Hillsboro, OR 97123
503-726-0821 (English), 503-726-0821 (Spanish) or email rentwell@caowash.org
Fees: None
Languages: English, Spanish
Area Served: Washington County

Wednesday Evening Class Series
Start Date: August 7th, 2019
End Date: Sept 11th, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Class Type: 6-week series
Location: PCC Willow Creek, Room 204 - 241 SW Edgeway Dr, Beaverton, OR 97006
503-726-0821 (English), 503-726-0821 (Spanish) or email rentwell@caowash.org
Fees: None
Languages: English, Spanish
Area Served: Washington County

Saturday Class Series
Start Date: August 10th, 2019
End Date: August 24th, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Class Type: 3-week series
Location: Beaverton City Library - 12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton, OR 97005
503-726-0821 (English), 503-726-0821 (Spanish) or email rentwell@caowash.org
Fees: None
Languages: English, Spanish
Area Served: Washington County

Clackamas County Social Services
Address: 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City, OR 97045
Phone: 503-650-5647
To Register: Register online or call the Rent Well message line at any time and leave a message with your contact information. When additional classes have been scheduled, messages will be returned to start the signup process. Messages are generally returned within 1 week and classes generally start every 1-2 months.

Next Classes:

Tuesday Class Series - Spanish
Start Date: July 23rd, 2019
End Date: Aug 27th, 2019
Time: 11:00 – 2:00 pm
Class Type: 6-week series
Location: Milwaukie, OR
Register online or Call to Register: (503) 650-5647 option #2
Fees: None
Languages: Spanish
Area Served: Clackamas County
Eligibility: Open to unhoused or unstably housed Clackamas County residents who have low to moderate income.

Serie De Clases Martes Durante El Dia - Español
Fecha de inicio: 23 de Julio del 2019
Fecha de término: 27 de Agosto del 2019
Horario: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tipo de clase: Un día a la semana durante seis semanas
Ubicación: Milwaukie, OR
Registro en línea o Llame al (503) 650-5647, opción #2Registro en línea

Tuesday Class Series
Start Date: Sept 17th, 2019
End Date: Oct 22nd, 2019
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Class Type: 6-week series
Location: SE Portland, OR
Register online or call (503) 650-5647
Fees: None
Languages: English, Spanish; Interpreter services available for other languages
Area Served: Clackamas County
Eligibility: Open to unhoused or unstably housed Clackamas County residents who have low to moderate income.

Monday Class Series
Start Date: Oct 7th, 2019
End Date: Nov 18th, 2019
Time: 11:00 – 2:00 pm
Class Type: 6-week series
Location: SE Portland, OR
Register online or call (503) 650-5647
Fees: None
Languages: English, Spanish; Interpreter services available for other languages
Area Served: Clackamas County
Eligibility: Open to unhoused or unstably housed Clackamas County residents who have low to moderate income.

 

SHARE
Address: 2306 NE Andresen Road, Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone: (360) 952-8204
To Register: Call for next available class
Next Classes:
Fees: None
Languages: English, interpretation or signing by arrangement
Area Served: Clark County

Housing Opportunities of SW Washington
Address: 820 11th Ave, Longview, WA 98632
To Register: Enrollment is through the Veteran
Integration Program only. 360-423-0104
Fees: Free for program veterans.
Area Served: Cowlitz County
Next Class: Starts May 22nd