Guarantors

Last updated: 19 February 2018

If you're a guarantor, you agree to meet the terms of an agreement between a landlord and a tenant if a tenant can't.

You can only be a guarantor by signing an agreement. This may be a 'tenancy agreement' or other document.

A tenancy agreement covers what's agreed between a landlord and a tenant about a home. You could be asked to sign an agreement if the landlord feels the tenant needs a guarantor.

Not all tenants need a guarantor. A landlord might choose to ask for one if:

  • the tenant doesn't have a job
  • the tenant has a poor credit record
  • the landlord needs a reference for the tenant but can't get one

What a guarantor needs to do

You'll need to do things like:

  • pay the rent if the tenant can't
  • replace or repair items that are damaged
  • give money to the landlord if the landlord spends money doing something the tenant should have done

If you're a guarantor and you don't pay something you need to, a landlord can take legal action against you.

If there's a 'joint tenancy agreement' that contains more than one tenant, the guarantor signs as a guarantor for all the tenants listed on the agreement.