Renting is more complicated than many people understand. It’s a business relationship, and you need to understand your rights and responsibilities to be a successful renter.
Rent Well is a 15-hour tenant education class that helps you become a successful, stable renter by providing information that can help you build a positive relationship with your landlord. Additionally, if you have ever been denied housing, Rent Well can help you explore any screening barriers you may have, such as evictions, credit problems or criminal history. The class will walk you through steps to address those barriers and prepare you to be a successful, stable tenant in the future.
Who can benefit from the Rent Well Tenant Education Program?
- People who have never rented before and have no rental history or those with no recent rental history due to homelessness
- People who have poor rental history or rental screening barriers like evictions, bad credit and poor landlord references
- People who have criminal histories
- People who have a good rental history but want to better understand their rights and responsibilities as a tenant
What will I learn in a Rent Well Tenant Education Class?
- The landlord's perspective and expectations
- Tenant responsibilities and rights
- How to use good communication skills with your landlord
- How to be a good neighbor
- How to maintain a clean, safe and healthy home
How will a Rent Well Tenant Education Class help prepare me to be a successful renter?
- Pre-screening yourself from a landlord's perspective to highlight any potential pitfalls
- Creating a personalized plan for stable housing
- Creating a workable household budget that makes paying rent a priority
- Reviewing rental agreements to understand common terms and expectations
- Creating a housing portfolio that will show landlords your qualifications as renter
When and where are classes held?
If you are a client of a community agency check with that agency first to find out if there may be a Rent Well class available for you. Rent Well classes are held at a wide variety of community agencies for their clients and for those who meet their eligibility criteria. Visit housing connections.org to see a list of upcoming classes in the Portland metro area.