Rent Well

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.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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

LifeAbility

  • Location: 1125 SE Madison Street, Portland OR 97214 Suite #103B
  • Dates: Saturdays, 5:00pm-8:00pm – March 28 through May 2, 2015
  • Wednesdays, 10:00am-1:00pm – April 15 through May 20, 2015
  • Saturdays, 9:00am-12:00pm – April 18 through May 23, 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 www.lifeability.net 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 –  [email protected]   Online – www.lifeability.net

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 Training: Six 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.

Registration will be done through random lottery. Please call 503-548-0211 during the designated time. Typically there are 4-6 spaces available to the public callers each month. If you are selected through the random lottery, you will be contacted. Please make sure your contact numbers are valid. If Human Solutions is unable to contact you, or leave a message and do not hear back from you by a provided deadline, they will move on to another participant. If you are not selected for the class space, you will not be contacted.

Upcoming Training: March 14, 2015 – April 4, 2015

Time: Saturdays 9:00am – 1:00pm

Location: Arbor Glen, 2609 SE 145th Ave. Portland, OR 97236

Intake for lottery: March 2 – March 6, if you are selected you will be notified by March 11. (Due to short posting, lottery process is shorter than normal).

 

Upcoming Training: May 7, 2015 – May 28, 2015

Time: Thursdays 9:30am – 1:30pm

Location: Rockwood Building, 124 NE 181st Ave. Portland, OR 97230

Intake for lottery: April 1 – April 20, if you are selected you will be notified by April 24.

 

Upcoming Training: June 4, 2015 – June 18, 2015

Time: Thursdays 9:30am – 1:30pm

Location: Powell Office, 12350 SE Powell Blvd. Portland, OR 97236

Intake for lottery: May 1 – May 20, if you are selected you will be notified by May 26.

 

Upcoming Training: July 2, 2015 – July 23, 2015

Time: Thursdays 9:30am – 1:30pm

Location: Rockwood Building, 124 NE 181st Ave. Portland, OR 97230

Intake for lottery: June 1 – June 20, if you are selected you will be notified by June 25.

 

Upcoming Training: September 3, 2015 – September 24, 2015

Time: Thursdays 9:30am – 1:30pm

Location: Rockwood Building, 124 NE 181st Ave. Portland, OR 97230

Intake for lottery: August 1 – August 20, if you are selected you will be notified by August 26.

 

Upcoming Training: October 6, 2015 – October 20, 2015

Time: Wednesdays 3:30pm – 7:30pm

Location: Arbor Glen, 2609 SE 145th Ave. Portland, OR 97236

Intake for lottery: September 1 – September 20, if you are selected you will be notified by September 26.

 

Upcoming Training: November 2, 2015 – November 23, 2015

Time: Mondays 9:30am – 1:30pm

Location: Rockwood Building, 124 NE 181st Ave. Portland, OR 97230

Intake for lottery: October 1 – October 20, if you are selected you will be notified by October 27.

 

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.