Terms and Agreement

I understand that this curriculum is for general educational use only and does not constitute legal advice. Further, it is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. If you have a specific legal question, you should contact an attorney. This curriculum was written in October 2009. While all reasonable efforts were made to provide accurate information in this curriculum, the City of Portland, Transition Projects, the Rent Well Program, and certified Rent Well instructors are not liable for any misinformation or outdated information presented in this curriculum.

Rent Well and its educational materials and curriculum are a registered trademark of TRANSITION PROJECTS, INC and therefore I understand that I cannot use any of the materials or curriculum in part or whole to recreate or reproduce without prior written consent.

I understand that while I may complete all the guidelines to graduate from the Rent Well tenant education course provided by TRANSITION PROJECTS, that there are additional requirements to access the landlord incentive fund beyond just my attendance and completion of the Rent Well course. To be eligible for the Rent Guarantee Program (RGP), I need to certify that my monthly income amount is at or less than 60% area median income as defined by www.oregon.gov/ohcs/pages/research-income-rent-limits.aspx, and that I have barriers to obtaining permanent housing as identified on my student information form. I am providing my instructor, case manager, or/and their agency permission to provide the Rent Well, a program of Transition Projects, documentation of my eligibility for the Rent Guarantee Program (RGP). This verification includes, but is not limited to, a copy of a background report, debt collection letters, civil reports, police records, rental ledger, credit report, reference letters, case management notes, and/or copy of housing portfolio/ cover letter.

I understand this release is needed for the Rent Well Program to successfully register Landlord Incentive Funds, such as the Rent Guarantee Program, on my behalf. I give permission to review and verify my eligibility for the Rent Guarantee Program (RGP) with Oregon Housing and Community Services, the agency that oversees the RGP funding source, as well as with future landlords whom I wish to use my Rent Well certificate with for up to 18 months after my graduation date.

Once the certificate and Rent Guarantee Program are registered with my future landlord, I give the Rent Well permission to speak to my landlord for up to 13 months beyond the move-in date of my new tenancy. This communication will be regarding whether there is a need to use the RGP funding on my behalf if I move out in the first year of the tenancy and leave any unpaid rent, damages, or legal costs.

If this is not signed and access to the needed documents is denied, then the Landlord Incentive Fund cannot be registered, and I understand that I will be responsible for any and all debts related to my tenancy. I am giving consent voluntarily and understand that I may, at any time, revoke it in writing to the entity giving or receiving the information; however, such revocation will not apply to any information that has already been released. I have the right to see the information provided under this release at any time.

My authorization releases the Rent Well Program, Transition Projects, Oregon Housing and Community Services, and my landlord/property manager from any and all liability for damages arising from inquiring about, obtaining, providing, and/or taking action based on information covered by this release.

By entering or signing my name below I certify, on this date, that the information that I have entered and attached to this form is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I understand that providing false representations constitutes an act of fraud. Section 1001 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code makes it a criminal offense to make willful, false statements of misrepresentation to any department or agency of the United States or to any matter within its jurisdiction. Falsifying, concealing or covering up by any trick, scheme or device of a material or making any false fictitious or fraudulent statements or representations are subject to a maximum fine of $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than 5 years or both and may require the repayment of any or all funds received through the Rent Guarantee Program, liabilities and penalties under the U.S. Code or Oregon False Claims Act (ORS 180.750 to 180.785), and other remedies available under law.

I certify that I have read this release, or it has been read to me, and I understand its content. I understand that I have a right to receive a copy of this release.