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Want to Become a Successful Tenant? Rent Well can Help

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. 
The following are just a few of these type of offerings. 


Multnomah County

Independent Living Resources

Eligibility: ILR provides the Rent Well Program to individuals with disabilities only. If you do not have a disability please contact one of the other Rent Well Programs listed.

Upcoming Training: Call for more information

Location: 1839 NE Couch Street, Portland 97232

Dates: call for information

Cost to public: Free

Contact number for sign up: 503-232-7411


Location: 1125 SE Madison Street, Portland OR 97214 Suite #103B

Dates: Wednesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm - September 16 through October 21, 2015

Saturdays, 9:00am - 12:00pm - September 19 through October 24, 2015

Cost: $50

Notes: This training meets once a week, for 6 weeks. There is no childcare available and only registered participants may attend. If you have disability needs, please let us know ahead of time so we can try to best accomodate.

How to register - pick which option works best for you:

  • Register on website with a credit/debit card or PayPal account
  • Register on website mailing check/money order (not registered until payment received)
  • 3rd party arrangements (agency, case manager, landlord, etc) Have your contact person ask for details
  • Register in person - at the office, by appointment only

For more information contact us - Phone - 503-941-0126  Email -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    Online -

NAYA Family Center

Location: 5135 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland OR 97218

​Cost to public: $50

Dates: Current class in session until August.

Notes: Training meets once a week for six weeks. 20 slots available. Must register in person at the office, by appointment only. If you have disability needs, please let NAYA know ahead of time to try and accomodate.

For more information contact Trevino 503-288-8177 ext 317 or by email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Salvation Army Portland Tabernacle

Location: 1712 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland OR 97232

​Cost to public: Free

Dates: No current classes available

Portland Rescue Mission

Location: 111 SW Burnside St, Portland OR 97209

​Cost to public: Free

Dates: Current class in session until October 8th, 2015

Intake: Please contact Andrew Hall or Malia Pearson to register for the class. In person Monday - Friday 6:00am - 2:30pm, by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or by phone 503-906-7690.

Young Minds of Awareness

Location: 3802 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Portland, OR 97212 (lower floor, basement area)

Cost to public: $40

Dates: No current information available

Intake: Please contact Christian at Office:503-381-0804 or Outreach:503-975-7992

SEI Community and Family Programs 

No current information available. Please call 503-285-0493 for any questions regarding the program.

Human Solutions, Inc.

No current information available. Please call 503-548-0211 for questions regarding the program. 

Transition Projects, Inc.

No current information available. Walk in to 650 NW Irving St. Portland, OR 97209 for questions regarding the program.

Washington County

Community Action Serving Washington County

Next Training: Call Community Action at 503-640-3263 to register for next available series of classes.

Llame al 503-726-0821 para información acerca de otras clases de Rent Well en español.

Clackamas County

Clackamas County Social Services

Next Trainings: Classes are ongoing and available. Classes usually take place on Mondays 11am-1:30pm in Oregon City and Tuesdays 5:00pm-7:30pm in Milwaukie. Call 503-650-5647 for intake and next available class.

EligibilityParticipants must be Clackamas County residents to be eligible for this class.

NotesParticipants must attend an intake screening, call for appointment.

Clark County,WA

Clark County Social Services

Next Trainings: Rent Well classes in Clark County are only offered through specific agencies for their clients.

Eligibility: Participants must be engaged in services through one of the agencies listed below, check with your case manager to see if a class is available.

NotesClasses are offered through Share, Second Step Housing, CVAB, Community Services NW, The Salvation Army, Impact NW, TPI and the Vancouver Housing Authority. 

The Longview Housing Authority in Cowlitz County, WA offers Rent Well classes through a partnership with Clark County.

Contact: Jon DieterLongview Housing Authority, 360-423-0140 x. 21,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Home Forward does not offer Rent Well classes. 

Staff of non-profit organizations who wish to become certified instructors or landlords with questions about the program can contacHome Forward for more information. To register for new instructor certification please email Beth Landry  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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