What happens if the rent is guaranteed?

A guarantor in a rental agreement agrees to pay the rent if the tenant is unable to do so. If the guarantor cannot pay, the consequences can be serious for both the tenant and the guarantor. The landlord can evict the tenant and bring a collection action against the guarantor. A guarantor for a rental property is someone who acts as a guarantor by legally agreeing to take over the financial obligations of the rental contract in case the tenant defaults.

This usually means that the guarantor is responsible for any rent or property damage that the tenant has not covered. A rental agreement of this type provides a form of insurance for the landlord to cover his losses if the tenant refuses to pay rent or simply vanishes. A guarantor acts as a guarantee that the rent will be paid in the event that the tenant is unable to meet his or her financial commitment. The guarantor is as responsible for the lease as the tenant.

That is why it is so important to make sure that everyone understands and accepts the conditions. A guarantor guarantees your lease, promising that if you fall behind on payments, they will also be responsible for those payments. You know what amuses me? When someone willingly acts as a tenant guarantor for those close to them, but then, as soon as they are required to take on the responsibility of being a guarantor (i.e. to fix someone else's mess, usually in the form of paying their rent arrears), they get shameless.

A "Guarantor is commonly a friend or family member of a tenant and has agreed to vouch for them and accept responsibilities on behalf of the tenant. Basically, in the event that the tenant is unable to meet their obligations under the lease, whether for rent arrears, damage to the property or whatever, the guarantor is legally obliged to accept the liabilities on behalf of the tenant. But it can also go further, because in the case of joint tenancies (i.e. where several tenants sign a single lease), the guarantor is guaranteeing the liabilities of ALL the joint tenants.

There is much more information on the tenant guarantor form page. In the interest of preventing this kind of silliness from spreading much further, I'm going to jot down a list of points that potential guarantors should consider before accepting liability. If you are in this position, you should carefully understand what you are being asked to do, and then consider whether you really want to do it. I am willing to bet the house on the fact that the vast majority of people who are guarantors have no idea what they are responsible for, they are simply happy to help someone out.

To reiterate, a "Guarantor has agreed to vouch for the tenant and accept the responsibilities on behalf of the tenant and potentially co-tenants". Essentially, in the event that a tenant or co-tenant is unable to meet their obligations under the lease, whether it be for rent arrears, damage to the property or whatever, the guarantor is legally obliged to accept the liabilities. The reason the guarantor can be held liable for all co-tenants is that co-tenants are "jointly and severally liable". So, for example, if you become a guarantor for your son, you will not only be liable for what he is liable to the landlord for (e.g.

Paying the rent on time), but also, in most cases, your child's friend(s) if they are joint tenants. Understand what responsibility you are taking on. In any case, consider the implications for your own personal finances if the tenant for whom you are responsible actually falls into hardship - can they really afford to pay the debt and, more importantly, would they want to? In situations like this, it is always worth considering the worst possible outcome. Trust has many, many, many levels, and you have to work out to what level you trust the person you are considering endorsing.

For example, I would trust my work colleague to pick up my Hugo Boss suit from the dry cleaners, but I wouldn't trust him within a 10-mile radius of my girlfriend if he has been drunk. Work out what level of trust you have with the tenant, and if you get worried, maybe it's your instinct that tells you to walk away from the situation. In my experience, most guarantors are relatives or very close friends of the tenant. So there is usually a feeling of emotional obligation that pushes them into the situation, even if it is unconscious.

If you feel even remotely pressured to be a guarantor (even if it is your own moral obligation pushing you, and not necessarily the tenant's) or there is a sense of unease, however slight, I would think twice. Understand one thing, there is ZERO reward for being a guarantor. Well, apart from the self-satisfaction of helping someone you love. But that doesn't mean shit, especially when you're left paying their bills.

So, supposing your nearest and dearest accumulate a debt that falls in your lap, how would you feel about it? As I said earlier, it's always best to approach this situation with the worst possible outcome in mind. If you think it will cause you personal stress, then you would do well to dodge this bullet. I have seen best friends of 20 years become enemies over money. Most of the cases on that show involve family members and best friends fighting over money.

It's great entertainment, but it's embarrassing rubbish. Every relationship has its breaking point, and money is usually the issue. To cleanse your sins, feel free to read more about me and my blog. If you like what I do, you might consider supporting my addiction.

I was a guarantor for a friend, she signed a 12 month contract, when this ended the landlord offered her another contract and then changed his mind a week later (no new contract was signed) she stayed in the flat and fell behind with the rent after having a serious accident and was evicted. Now the landlord has contacted me to ask for the arrears. My question is, do I have to pay even though I only signed the initial 12 month contract? The answer is "probably". If the lease said that it could be renewed or became renewable, then you will be deemed to have become a guarantor on the same basis.

And I would not advise you to be a guarantor at all. Having read most of this script, it is curious that the same stories keep coming up of guarantors complaining about what they have voluntarily signed. My problem is that this was mandatory. Yes, we could have opted out, but what if more and more agencies are forcing you to do it? My other objection is that I was told that the need for a guarantor lapses if the tenant earns £12,000 or more.

This made me realise what a good deal landlords have. Suppose the guarantor earns £100,000 a year. Does that mean the landlord is entitled to take the guarantor out of every penny or should it be limited as if they earn £12K. Due to lack of time, I have been forced to search the internet tonight and have found very contradictory advice.

It does not, as ultimately a lease - fixed or periodic - is a promise to pay which cannot simply end by virtue of death. The balance of the fixed-term rent simply becomes a claim against your estate. The guarantor, by extension, is also not released by virtue of death. That said, they know that she relies on housing benefit to pay the rent and, if she dies, the council simply stops paying it.

The council does not seem to be obliged to do this, despite the fact that she has always had to rent privately due to her situation and the lack of available housing. Not to mention that in my area it is almost impossible to find a decent private tenancy that doesn't insist on a guarantor. I will call Citizens Advice in the morning, but I feel compelled to insist that the guarantee I sign has to state that my liability will end when she dies or when the tenancy ends, whichever comes first. I can accept that liability will terminate for non-payment by a tenant, but, in this case, her age is very obvious, so no one can say that the possibility of her death before the end of the fixed period is anything other than a very real possibility.

The landlady herself is an apparently elderly woman, so she must be fully aware of the risks of renting to my own elderly mother. It is also very clear that as she rents and has to rely on the council to help, there is no "estate" after death to cover something like the possibility of all the rent to cover the balance of a lease coming from her estate, if she happens to die before the end of the fixed term. I would appreciate any other views on this, but thank you for responding, Chris. P,S I'm really sorry for going on a bit long, it's just that it's late and I've been preoccupied and I know I will have made loads of typos and I'm sorry for that.

Megan, just to make sure you don't have to pay for damage you haven't caused photograph any defects. When you view the flat do so and point them out to the people showing you around, and if you spot any more when you go in do the same. Post the photos on Facebook or any other site that shows the date they were taken and send them to the landlord. If you point out minor defects, make it clear that you don't need a fix, but that you just wanted to record that it was like this before you moved in.

When you leave, photograph everything again and publish that too. That way, if there is any damage after you leave, you can prove that it was fine when you left. If you're really paranoid, include a current newspaper in the photo so the landlord can't say you put up an old newspaper. The guarantor's responsibility ends when your tenancy ends, in other words, if you have an initial six-month term and you have to leave early, he might have to pay rent for the rest of the term - although most landlords would try to find a tenant and end it when you move out if there's a good reason, possibly adding some rent charges.

Similarly, if you go to a rolling monthly basis you would have to pay a month after giving notice What a bunch of greedy, petulant, crass, insulting, generalising arse holes the landlords are. I hope they all get what they deserve. I think this is not right. Landlords should check it out and not involve innocent people in their business.

Because an unscrupulous landlord like A Masud is a serial scammer. He sexually harasses his tenants when they refuse. He fabricates all kinds of charges. He made us sign a warranty deed while we were on holiday, not the original one, and the guarantor never saw the lease.

Now he is asking for 10000 pounds in arrears plus damages to the property. He is a rich man and can't afford to hire the best lawyers. He says he has never lost a case against a guarantor. I think this man needs to be exposed.

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The letting agents knew this and only accepted people who claimed housing. Letting agents are claiming over £500 more than she believes she is owed and she has disputed it on numerous occasions but instead of arguing with her, they are coming after me for the full amount. Can letting agents refuse a tenant's payment plan? If the tenant disputes part of the amount claimed, and has made them aware of her dispute on several occasions but they have been ignored, can they claim it from me as guarantor? Can they, in the current circumstances, take me to court as guarantor? Let's hope that interest rates shoot up to 15%. These buy-to-let landlords will be scrambling to get tenants any way they can.

Yes, let's hope for that 15% increase, because obviously that won't affect ALL normal landlords with variable rate mortgages. Derrrr, I was joking is there any way to limit your liability as a guarantor to just the rent payments? I guess it would depend on what the lease says, but I thought I'd check. David (a greedy, good for nothing landlord and someone willing to help another human being?) Is there a guarantee agreement that is time based? where I am only obliged to act as guarantor for the initial agreed rental term i.e. she was receiving housing benefit for one bedroom, but didn't receive full housing benefit because she never had a baby.

My father has received a bill for £1336 for rent arrears, plus a bill for all damages. Also, 2 months full rent went to the wrong landlady and she has never been to the flat to sort it out. My father turns 79 in January and cannot afford this. Does anyone know if in these circumstances, because he signed to be a guarantor, he has to pay everything despite being cheated.

I am afraid he signed to have to pay. It is he who should claim from the nephew's ex. The reason guarantors are so worried about the contract is because thieving landlords and letting agents make up damages etc and charge huge amounts for trivial things. If you are a guarantor on a 12 month lease, are you liable if the tenant stays in the house without a new lease for 6 months and then leaves? Can I legally ask him to leave? It depends on the type of tenancy.

If it is an HMO and each student has a separate contract, then you don't care what the agreement is with other students. Don't sign if you are not happy with the contract. Look for one that limits you to your child's share. I had a shop that the owner set up a 5 year contract with a 3 year break.

After 3 years, due to my partner becoming ill, I put the shop up for sale, but only notified the landlord 2 days after the 3 year lease break date, so he would only let his property to new tenants on the understanding that he would be guarantor for 3 more years, I felt I had no choice. I understand I had signed to do that but lniw fir a fact that the new tenant who refuses to pay is not in difficulty fund his everything on Facebook he is going on a lot of holidays just got married having things done in his house So is this a question of can he pay but won't he pay do I have any legal rights myself I have paid all outstanding bills to date but feel I am being mugged off Any helpful suggestions please I am waiting for some advice. I became guarantor for my nephew and his girlfriend for a student rental. After a few months his girlfriend left totally out of the blue, luckily I was in a position to support paying the rent which was difficult.

How do I get her to pay me? She stayed on the rental contract and did not support in paying other bills we had accumulated together. She has admitted that she owes me money and we agreed a payment plan and did not expect her to pay the rest of the term (8 months). Only 3 months and her council tax bill, even though she was a named tenant) This money has not materialised, where do I stand? TIA Elbee is right, you signed and you are responsible. However, you could take civil action against your daughter's boyfriend or even your daughter to recover the money.

Whether or not it is worth doing so depends on the amount, their ability to pay and the future relationship you see yourself having with them My husband has just discovered that he has a half-sister that he did not know about and that has now been confirmed by DNA. She has now asked him to be a guarantor for a rental property where we live (she used to live a few kilometres away). He has accepted and signed the rental contract without reading it or informing me. He says he wanted to do it "to help her.

Does this have any consequences for me? We have our own house, and I am worried that if he were to take on her debt it would affect his ability to pay for our house. Notify me by email when someone else leaves a comment on this blog post. I initially started this blog because I wanted to document my every step in becoming a BTL landlord, in the hope that others (with more experience) would discover my buzzwords and have the heart to help me - a beetle on their back - along the way. I literally had no idea how to be a landlord when I started this website.

Having expanded my property portfolio over the years, I now occasionally blog about my bitter life as a landlord, so that other landlords (prospective, new and experienced) can learn from my few successes and frequent failures. This project started 5491 bloody days ago. It is critical that you understand that this is just a personal blog, and while the goal is to provide the best resources, guides, tips, advice, tools and techniques for the rental industry, primarily for landlords and tenants, the information should not be relied upon to make any decisions. Everything I share is based on my own personal experiences as a landlord and independent research, the information is NOT guaranteed to be perfect or accurate, which means you should always seek the advice of a qualified professional for any legal or financial matter.

The person you are guarantor for has given 2 months notice (it is possible to do this as you have been there 6 months) but now you have told a family member that you cannot leave as you have nowhere to live, so you are going to squat after the notice expires. Therefore, if the monthly rent was £400, you may need a minimum income of £20,000 to be considered as a guarantor. Guarantor loans are often sought by people who find it difficult to obtain credit by other means, because the lender considers them a risk. However, as flat shares have become more popular, many landlords have begun to accept multiple guarantors to cover only their respective applicant's rent.

Regardless of where you are looking to rent a flat, ask for clarification of the lease language with the landlord if a guarantor or co-signer is mentioned. If your son had already paid several years' rent by the time she reached retirement age, I see no reason why he should not be released from his position as guarantor upon retirement. Landlords usually ask that the guarantor be in-state or local, but more and more landlords are accepting out-of-state guarantors. A guarantor is someone who agrees to pay your rent if you don't pay it, such as a parent or close relative.

It is very likely that a credit check will be carried out, so you may want to consider finding someone with a better credit rating to act as a guarantor. For a start, in the UK, being a guarantor for a tenant does not appear on your credit rating or hinder your ability to obtain credit.

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