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
To Register: Please email for upcoming dates.
Upcoming Classes:
Area Served: Multnomah County

Transition Projects
Address:12151 NE Halsey Street, Portland, OR 97220
Next Classes: Coming in January
Fees: $60 to cover course materials, workbook, and to receive 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 for registration
Upcoming Classes: Check back in January!

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
Start Date: Nov 12th, 2019
End Date: Dec 17th, 2019
Time: 11:00 – 2:00 pm
Class Type: 6-week series
Location: Oregon City, 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.


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: Call for the next class

United Community Action Network
Address: Mill Street Offices, Roseburg, OR 97479
To Register: Contact Seth Kirby, 541-672-5392,
Fees: Free
Area Served: Douglas County
Next Class: Nov 19th, 2019 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm