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Cosigners vs Guarantors: What’s the Difference & How to Ask for Help with Rent

An Older Man Helping His Adult Son Apply for a Winchester RentalYou may be accustomed to the terms “cosigner” and “guarantor” if you are a Winchester renter. However, what do they mean? What sets the two apart from one another? The distinctions between cosigners and guarantors will be discussed in this blog post, along with advice on how to address friends and family for help.

What is a Cosigner?

A cosigner is a person who signs a lease with you and promises to pay the rent if you are unable to. Cosigners are treated as additional tenants, even if only on paper. The cosigner must also legally occupy the rental property and sign the lease with the tenant. A tenant’s financial obligations, such as any potential fines, unpaid rent, or property damage, can also be shared by this person. A cosigner will typically have better credit than the renter and a higher income because they must demonstrate an income of at least six times the rent in order to qualify. A co-signer can make it much easier for a young or first-time renter to qualify for a rental home.

What is a Guarantor?

A guarantor, unlike a cosigner, assures you that they will cover your rent only if you cannot. A guarantor is not regarded as a tenant and has fewer rights than a co-signer. A guarantor serves as a financial cushion should the tenant be unable to fulfill their financial obligations. Like a co-signer, a guarantor must demonstrate income that is at least six times the monthly rent.

Key Differences

The primary contrast between a cosigner and a guarantor is that a cosigner is legally accountable for the rental property, whereas a guarantor is only financially accountable. If the tenant does not pay rent or make repairs to the property, the guarantor is financially responsible. However, regardless of whether the tenant pays the rent or not, a cosigner is still responsible.

Why You Might Need a Cosigner or Guarantor

There are several instances in which you may need a cosigner or guarantor. Perhaps you’re new to renting and haven’t built up any credit yet. Or perhaps your credit score has declined as a result of financial difficulties. Regardless of the reason, if you are unable to qualify for an apartment on your own, you might need to ask a friend or relative for advice.

How to Ask Someone to Help

It’s important to be upfront about your financial situation when asking someone to cosign or serve as your guarantor. Explain why you require their assistance and what their responsibilities would be if you were unable to pay your rent. Additionally, you should give them any pertinent documents, like your lease or income documentation. Ensure that they are aware that they could be held responsible for paying your rent if you are unable to do so. Because of this, it is best to choose someone you can trust and who is financially stable.

It is a difficult choice to ask somebody to be your cosigner or guarantor. The right person, however, will be delighted to assist you if you are truthful about your financial situation and outline the risks involved. One of our Winchester property managers is available if you have any additional inquiries.

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