Rent Well is a 15-hour tenant education program that provides individuals with the support, knowledge, and expertise they need to become successful renters. Topics that are covered in this course include:
- Landlord/Tenant Law
- Application and screening process
- Understanding a rent/lease agreement
- Personal finance/budgeting, how credit reports are used
- Energy conservation
- Fair Housing rights and responsibilities
- What makes a good tenant/communicating with your landlord
- What barriers exist in obtaining housing
- Tips for moving in and moving out
- Care and maintenance of your unit/maintenance responsibilities
- Termination notices
- Recovering deposits
As part of the class requirements, students create a Housing Portfolio that can be used as a tool to help find housing. Upon graduating, students receive a Rent Well certificate as proof of program completion. Students that complete the program may be eligible for the Landlord Incentive Fund if they meet other program requirements. The Landlord Incentive Fund provides financial assistance to landlords that rent or lease to low-income households by guaranteeing payments to landlords for unpaid rent, eviction and property damage costs.
Rent Well classes are free and open to the public!
Community Action offers classes in the mornings, evenings, and some weekends. Please click on the sidebar links for more information related to Rent Well. You can see class schedules, class registration, and Landlord Incentive Fund information.