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

Transition Projects

Next Classes:

May 2021 Series
Start Date: TBA
End Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Class Type: 6-week series online with Zoom – Join by computer, tablet, or phone. We will not meet in-person.
Fee: Free
Registeration: Please email rentwell@tprojects.org to get on the upcoming class interest list.

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: Check back in January!

Clackamas County Social Services
Address: 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City, OR 97045
Phone: 503-650-564
Next Classes: Clackamas County Social Services does not have any Rent Well classes available at this time. We hope to resume classes in Spring of 2021. Please call (503) 650-5647 and leave a message if you would like to be contacted when new classes are scheduled.

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: Call for the next class

Homes for Good
Address: 100 West 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401
To Register: contact Resident Services at residentservices@homesforgood.org or 541-682-2580
Area Served: Lane County

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