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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

Upcoming Training: Next class expected to begin in April

Location: 1839 NE Couch Street, Portland 97232

Dates: TBD

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 - Feb 25 through April 1, 2015

Saturdays, 9:00am-12:00pm - Feb 28 through April 4, 2015

Wednesdays, 6:00pm-9:00pm - March 25 through April 29, 2015 

Saturdays, 5:00pm-8:00pm - March 28 through May 2, 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 -

Salvation Army Portland Tabernacle

Location: 1712 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland OR 97232

​Cost to public: Free

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30pm-2:30pm - May 19th-June 25th

How to register -

  • Class space is limited on a first come first served basis. Must be present at the first class in order to continue.
  • Please call 503-239-1266 to sign up. Leave a message with your name and phone number and please say that you are interested in the Rent Well class.

Young Minds of Awareness

Upcoming TrainingSix week course beginning Friday, February 13, 2015 ending March 20, 2015

Time: Fridays 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Location: 3802 NE MLK BLVD. Portland, OR. 97212

​Cost to public: $40​  ($20 for YMA clients)

Contact number for sign up: 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 503-548-0200 for any questions regarding the program.

Transition Projects, Inc.

No current information available. Please call 503-280-4700 for any 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.


* Housing Connections uses reasonable efforts to be as factual and accurate as possible and makes no warranties or representations, either expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the information on this site or other sites to which this site links.

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