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 manger, 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
To Register: Please email for upcoming dates.
Upcoming Classes:
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 for registration
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:

Saturday Daytime Class Series
Start Date: January 12, 2019
End Date: February 2, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Class Type: 4-week series
Location: Milwaukie, OR
Register online or call (503) 650-5647

Monday Daytime Class Series
Start Date: January 28, 2019
End Date: March 11, 2019
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Class Type: 6-week series
Location: Oregon City, OR
Register online or call (503) 650-5647

Tuesday Evening Class Series
Start Date: February 26, 2019
End Date: April 2, 2019
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Class Type: 6-week series
Location: Milwaukie, OR
Register online or call (503) 650-5647

Fees: None
Languages: English, Spanish; Interpreter services available for other languages
Area Served: Clackamas County



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