About the Program
Rent Well, a program of Transition Projects, is a 15-hour tenant education curriculum that provides individuals with the support, knowledge, and expertise they need to become successful tenants. Whether an individual has never rented before, has a poor rental history, or has years of excellent rental history, this program offers something for everyone.
The Rent Well curriculum is broken up into 12 sections which last 70 minutes each. These sections cover everything from Fair Housing Laws, the rental screening process, how to talk to a potential landlord about screening barriers, credit repair and building, how to maintain a healthy home, the eviction process, and much more.
History of Program
Rent Well was developed in 2009 in collaboration with landlords, tenants, housing advocates, case managers, and other interested parties. The curriculum was written by professional curriculum writers and is regularly updated to reflect new housing laws. This curriculum gives tenants of all backgrounds the knowledge and insight they need to be a successful renter.
Scope of Services
The Rent Well Program takes great care in ensuring that tenants get detailed information about local housing laws in their area. Because of this, the curriculum is currently only available in Oregon and Washington. However, the materials have been developed so that the local law pieces can be altered to meet the needs of other regions too. If you want to start the conversation about what it looks like to adapt this curriculum for your area, feel free to get in touch.
Information about Landlord Incentive Funds
Several counties and states have created funds that pair with Rent Well’s tenant education. These funds can be used as a guarantee to future landlords that if the graduate leaves their rental unit within the first year and has damages, past due rent, or eviction cost, the landlord can recoup the cost beyond the security deposit.
The Rent Well curriculum has been paired with a Landlord Incentive Fund since 2009. On average, less than 1% of our graduates ever need their landlord to request a payout of the funds. For more information about the guarantee process, click here.