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

Currently classes are available throughout the Portland metro area. Please note that some classes may charge a fee and/or may not be open to the public. This list is updated as instructors inform us of up-coming classes but if you have any questions please feel free to contact us

The classes listed below are the classes that are open to the public only. There are 51 agencies in Multnomah County alonethat teach Rent Well 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 clases as well.



Community of Hope
8911 N Leonard St., Portland, OR 97203
Email: or 503-852-1070
To Register:
Please email for upcoming dates.
Upcoming Classes:
Saturdays, March 10 to April 21, 2018 (taking Sat. March 30th off) from 10am to 12:30pm
Area Served:
Multnomah County  

Rose Haven
: 627 NW 18th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
Phone: 503-248-6364
To Register: Call or email for more information
Fees: None
Eligibility: Single women and women with children
Area Served: Multnomah County

Young Minds of Awareness

Address: 3802 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212
Phone: 503-975-7992
To Register: Call for next available class
Fees: $40 for general public
Area Served: Multnomah County


Community Action
: 1001 SW Baseline Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123
Phone: 503-726-0821 (English), 503-726-0821 (Spanish)
To Register: Morning Classes at Community Action Hillsboro site, starting on Wednesday, January 17 through February 21 9:00 am to 11:30 am or Evening Classes at PCC Willow Creek, starting on Tuesday, January 23 through February 27 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Call for registration
Fees: None
Languages: English, Spanish
Area Served: Washington County


Clackamas County Social Services
: 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 Evenings Class Series
Start Date: April 24, 2018
End Date: May 29, 2018
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Class Type: 6-week series
Location: Oregon City, OR
Register online or call (503) 650-5647

Monday Daytime Class Series
Start Date: Februrary 26, 2018
End Date: April 2, 2018
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 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



Consumer Voices Are Born - Reach Center (CVAB)
Address: Center for Community Health Building 17, 1601 E Fourth Plain Boulevard, Suite A114, Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone: 360-397-8050
To Register: Call to pre-register for next available class. Classes are offered quarterly.
Fees: None
Area Served: Clark County

: 2306 NE Andresen Road, Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone: 360-448-2121
To Register: Call for next available class
Next Classes: Begin on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 1pm-3:30pm; Tuesday, September 5, 2017 10am-12:30pm; and Monday, September 11, 2017 5:30pm-8pm
Fees: None
Languages: English, interpretation or signing by arrangement
Area Served: Clark County