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What does it mean to be a guarantor for rent?

Posted by jcbrosse2 on December 18, 2021

A guarantor is a person who signs a housing lease agreement with a tenant and guarantees that the rent will be paid if the tenant does not. The guarantor is usually a parent, a family member, or a close friend who is willing to be legally responsible for the rented apartment. A guarantor serves as a guarantee that the rent is paid in a situation where the tenant is unable to meet his financial obligation. The guarantor is just as responsible for the rental contract as the tenant.

That’s why it’s so important to make sure everyone understands and agrees to the terms. A guarantor guarantees your lease by promising that if you fall behind on payments, they will also be responsible for the payments. Many landlords only allow one guarantor per rental contract. So if you agree to be the guarantor for your child or another relative, you guarantee the rent for the entire apartment and yes, that includes roommates. If the monthly rent was £400, you might need a minimum income of £20,000 to be considered a guarantor.

The landlord will also likely ask for detailed information about your guarantor’s finances, credit score, and willingness to pay rent if necessary. A guarantor is someone who agrees to pay your rent if you don’t pay it, such as a parent or close relative. My daughter asked me to be a guarantor for her during her master’s degree, and I was fine until the agent sent me an email that said, “I must also emphasize that all tenants are jointly and strictly liable. So while you only give Tanner a guarantee, you are liable for the full rent of all tenants and any damage they may cause. In essence, a guarantor pledges his own assets as security for a loan or rent in the case of an apartment search.

Your liability for any arrears of rent depends on the wording of the original lease agreement and the guarantee agreement. I can’t give you a 100% answer here, but I can say that it would be very unusual for your sister to be prevented from renting an apartment because she was already a guarantor. First of all, being a rental guarantor doesn’t appear in your credit rating in the UK and hinders your ability to get loans. Fortunately, there is a solution in the form of a rental guarantor, that is, a co-signer of an apartment who vouches for an applicant and is legally responsible for everything that has to do with the apartment.

Unlike a guarantor, a co-signer is entitled to live in the home and is equally responsible for splitting the rent and the fees associated with the rent. Financial responsibility for someone else’s rent is a risk. Failure to pay the rent can negatively affect the guarantor’s creditworthiness. As a rule, the tenant pays the guarantor service between 4% and 10% of the annual rent for his services.


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