Rent Smart uses an active learning approach to increase participant motivation and improve course outcomes. Videos, case studies and internet links have been incorporated in the curriculum to provide interactive learning options. It is critical to document the use of this course. Before you begin, review the evaluation tools.

In addition to the Rent Smart curriculum, a successful tenant education program requires a local partnership. Involvement of local rental housing providers, local housing authorities and other tenant service providers in design and delivery of the local program is essential. The 2017 revised curriculum consists of six modules, designed to be taught separately or in combination.

The curriculum incorporates case studies that reflect these types of circumstances allowing participants to apply their own knowledge and build on it. Instructors can draw on a variety of active learning elements across the modules to modify the course to fit their specific audience.

Module A: How Much Will It Cost? And Can I Afford IT?
Module B: Checking Out the Rental Property and the Landlord
Module C: Application Process

Module D: Who's Responsible for Maintenance, Repairs and Care?
Module E: Communications
Module F: Rental Agreements--Moving In, Moving On

References to websites and resources used in this publication are not an endorsement of one product over other similar products.