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To be a successful renter, you need to understand how to secure housing that is right for you. You also need to know how to care for the unit and maintain good communication with your landlord and neighbors. Understanding the legal side of renting and your rights as a renter is also helpful. RentWise can help you learn all this and more!

RentWise: Renters Workbook and Organizer — This unique and practical resource helps you (or the families you assist) be successful renters. Also in Spanish.

RentWise Training for Latino Families — One-on-one or group training for Latinos that uses RentWise resources to help you be a successful renter. Also in Spanish.

RentWise Train-the-Trainer Workshop — This customizable workshop will train your agency staff on utilizing the RentWise curriculum to help your participants be successful renters.

Worksheet 3: Determine Your Housing Needs — This checklist will help you evaluate features of an apartment, building, or neighborhood that are important to you. Part of the RentWise: Renter’s Workbook and Organizer. English (89 K PDF) | español (1.1 MB PDF).

Worksheet 4: Sample Rental Application — Practice completing this application before you go apartment (or unit) hunting. Part of the RentWise: Renter’s Workbook and Organizer. English (753 K PDF) | español (713 K PDF).

Worksheet 6: Rental Survey — Use this form to compare different rental units. Part of the RentWise: Renter’s Workbook and Organizer. English (118 K PDF) | español (1.11 MB PDF).

Worksheet 7: Rental Condition Checklist — Use this form to record the condition of a rental unit before moving in. Part of the RentWise: Renter’s Workbook and Organizer. English (265 K PDF) | español (1.4 MB PDF).

Related Resources

Renter 101 Online Course — This free online course helps renters better navigate the rental process. Take-and-teach resources are included to adapt the course to an in-person setting.

Communication, Compromise, and Consideration: The 3 C's of Getting Along With Roommates (133 K PDF) — This tips sheet gives practical advice for those learning to live with roommates.

Managing Your College Life: Your Money – Your Housing – Your Time — Online presentation and related resources that help students better manage and survive their first years of college.

HousingLink — Search rental housing listings in Minnesota.

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