Are you looking for housing but are new to renting or have had a bad past experience? Do you lack references or have poor credit? RentSmart can help.
RentSmart is course designed to help you have a successful tenancy. Over 6 modules, you will learn:
1. What your housing wants and needs are, and how to find a home that meets your needs
2. How to be housing ‘application-ready’
3. About how the law protects both tenants and landlords
4. Your legal rights and responsibilities, and that of your landlords’
5. How to manage your money in order to afford housing and pay your rent on time
6. Effective communication skills to help your tenancy be conflict-free
7. Common maintenance skills to help you look after your home
When you finish, you get a RentSmart Certificate, which lets landlords know you have taken the time to learn how to be a responsible tenant.
Frequently Asked Questions
Look on our partnership page to see who is offering RentSmart in your community and contact them directly. If there is not a course coming up, you can take RentSmart Online.
The RentSmart certificate can be recognized as a reference on housing applications. The certificate shows that the holder has spent 12 hours learning how to be a successful tenant. Landlords can verify the RentSmart certificate on our website.
Yes- contact us and we’ll send you a new one.
RentSmart Basics is a 2.5-3 hour course that covers the '3 Keys to Successful Tenancies'. This course includes a handbook and is very interactive. People who take RentSmart Basics don't get the RentSmart certificate but they do learn the nuts and bolts of renting!
Thank you! This information was very helpful!
I feel more confident after taking this course!
I looked forward to each and every lesson.
This class was very helpful for me and my boyfriend.
Now we know our rights and how to deal with renting.
I am a first time renter so this class was great.
RentSmart is an eye-opening program for all people who are unaware of
the rules of the landlord and tenancy act. People who have taken this program
are surprised by the multifaceted aspects of renting. When you complete the
program you are provided with a certificate which can be used as a reference.
Anyone up for release within the next year could benefit from taking this program.
The RentSmart course was great! It provided me with the
tools and knowledge to find a good rental property. I learned
about my rights and responsibilities as a tenant, and landlord
responsibilities and expectations were also covered. I now
know how to be a fantastic tenant and use effective
communication with property owners.
RentSmart was excellent! What was truly incredible was the facilitator
who made time for me outside of class to sit with me and go over the
program material. I needed these one-to-one tutorials as my brain injury
makes it difficult to grasp information in a classroom setting. Through
the program, I learned about my rights as a tenant and the laws that apply
to renting. I benefited further by learning how to budget money and how
to prepare and set-up for my future rental.”
“I liked the program. The course made clear about
my rights/responsibilities and landlords rights as well.”
This course was awesome, I’ve enjoyed it so much
– I will be going to the fire safety store to purchase
a ladder and fire extinguisher.”
“As a result of taking this course I will do
everything differently. I moved in as I started
this course and used all of the info provided.”
I learned a lot during the RentSmart program, from how to keep a running
record during inspection to the common rental rates in the Victoria area.
In addition, I formed a clearer picture of what I can afford in the local area.
I recommended this program for anyone entering the rental market.
“I am more confident and knowledgeable and more of
a proud renter. The course helped me understand things
from the landlord’s perspective and in turn I became a
better tenant. Thank you so much this course
taught me a lot and definitely changed my life.”
“RentSmart taught me everything I know about housing.”
“When I first moved into my new apartment , my new landlord was telling me
what they take off from my damage deposit when I move after taking the course
I was able to inform her what she could take off and not. She is pretty cool
about and she didn’t know. I’m very happy I took the course.”
“RentSmart helped me to be more knowledgeable when dealing with landlords
and what to know and expect when entering into a new rental situation.”
“I happy that I’ve taken this course, very helpful knowledge of the program and enjoyed taking.
It gave me so much in housing and moving forward into a new home. Thank you”
“Helped a lot with knowing what i am supposed to take care of as a tenant, and what the landlords responsibilities are.”
“Helped me get to top of list for housing as it helped me and my family become as one and helped us get our own home.”
“Rent smart helped a lot with getting a place I didn’t have any references before rent smart But the landlord
knowing I took responsibility to smart helped me secure the place I’m living in now.”
“RentSmart has and is teaching me about my rights as a tenant & my managers rights. My RentSmart certificate
has gotten me into my place I am in now; in less then a month! I have my RentSmart everywhere when I see my manager.”