Rent Smart: A Tenant Training Program

It is important that all Wisconsin citizens have access to information on housing.  The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension provides resources on the topics of renting and home ownership.

Rent Smart is designed to help those individuals who have little to no rental experience and those who have had difficulty obtaining rental housing.  Participants may be first time renters as they graduate from school, homeowners transitioning to renting, individuals with poor rental or credit history, or individuals who have other issues that may cause potential landlords to perceive them as high-risk tenants.  Rent Smart provides practical education to help people looking for rental housing find, get, and keep suitable housing.  The program focuses on the knowledge and skills essential for a successful renting experience.  It challenges participants to know and understand their rights and responsibilities as a tenant, as well as know and understand the rights and responsibilities of their landlord.  Emphasis is on forming a strong partnership between the tenant and landlord.  Establishing a positive rental history is much like having a positive credit report and Rent Smart starts participants on the right path for success.

For further information about the Rent Smart program, download our 2020 Rent Smart Brochure and our 2018 Impact Report.

Current Schedules:

Virtual Workshops: 2021 VIRTUAL Rent Smart Flyer

Extension now has virtual Rent Smart workshops available!  Workshops are one hour per session, two sessions per week, for three weeks.  Participants must complete all six sessions of the course to earn the Rent Smart Certificate.  To see dates & times available and to register for the class, please click here.  Please fill out the registration form completely and accurately.  Online registration is required.

In-Person Workshops: 2020 Rent Smart Brochure

Rent Smart workshops are held various times per year in Winnebago County.  Workshops are 2.5 hours per session, 2 sessions total.  Participants must complete both sessions to earn the Rent Smart Certificate.  Call 920-232-1973 to register and confirm availability.  Registration is required.  Additional dates, times, and locations may also be available in Fond du Lac County and Outagamie County.
*** Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many in-person classes and events will be cancelled, postponed, or transitioned to alternate formats.  Please refer to our Extension Winnebago County Events calendar along the right side of the page or call 920-232-1973 for event updates.


Rent Smart Resources & Tools

How Much Will it Cost

Sample Letter Requesting Repair

Understanding Rental Agreements

Rental Condition Checklist 

Who is Responsible for What

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