Rent Smart provides a practical education to help people looking for rental housing to acquire and keep decent housing.
Rent Smart emphasizes skills that may help tenants avoid legal confrontations. It stresses both tenant and landlord responsibilities and the advantages gained from viewing the landlord-tenant relationship as mutually beneficial rather than confrontational.
Target Audience. The program is specifically designed to help a person who have never rented or are having difficulty obtaining rental housing. This difficulty may arise from lack of experience, poor rental history, poor credit history, or other issues that cause potential landlords to view them as high risk.
The Rent Smart is based on information collected through focus groups held with the types of tenants who could benefit from the program and on discussions with property managers and tenant advocates. The Rent Smart curriculum was developed by staff from the University of Wisconsin-Extension in consultation with the Wisconsin Apartment Association, the Wisconsin Trade and Consumer Protection Division, the Tenant Resource Center, the Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin and other housing and tenant support groups.