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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 Idaho Falls RentalIdaho Falls renters might be familiar with the words “cosigner” and “guarantor.” But what do they actually mean? What is the distinction between the two? We will outline the distinctions between cosigners and guarantors in this blog post and offer advice on how to approach friends and family for assistance.

What is a Cosigner?

A cosigner signs a lease with you agreeing to pay the rent when you are unable to. A cosigner is treated as an additional tenant, even if only in writing. Together with the tenant, a cosigner must sign the lease before they are legally permitted to live in the rental property. Additionally, this person is prepared to share the financial obligations of a tenant, including any possible fines, unpaid rent, or property damage. As they must demonstrate an income greater than six times the rent in order to qualify, cosigners typically have better credit than the renter and a higher income. A young or first-time renter may find it much simpler to qualify for a rental home with the help of a co-signer.

What is a Guarantor?

A guarantor, compared to a cosigner, makes the promise that they will cover your rent obligations only if you are unable to. A guarantor is not regarded as a tenant and does not have the same privileges as a co-signer. A guarantor serves as a financial safety net in the event that the tenant is unable to pay their debts. Similar to a co-signer, a guarantor should reveal an income that is at least six times the amount of the monthly rent.

Key Differences

The main distinction between a cosigner and a guarantor is that a cosigner is legally responsible for the rental property, whereas a guarantor is only financially responsible. If the tenant fails to pay rent or make necessary repairs to the property, the guarantor is held liable. In contrast, a cosigner is liable for the rent whether or not the tenant does.

Why You Might Need a Cosigner or Guarantor

You might require a cosigner or guarantor for a loan for a few different reasons. Perhaps you are new to the rental market and lack established credit. Or you may have experienced financial difficulties, resulting in a lower credit score. Whatever the reason, you might need to ask a friend or member of your family for assistance if you can’t get approved for an apartment on your own.

How to Ask Someone to Help

When seeking a cosigner or guarantor, it is essential to be truthful about your financial situation. Tell them why you need their assistance and what would happen if you were unable to pay your rent. A copy of your lease agreement or proof of your income should be given to them as well. Lastly, let them know that if you are unable to pay your rent, they may be held accountable. It’s best to select a person you can trust and who is financially secure because of this.

It takes a lot of thought to ask someone to cosign or guarantee a loan. The right person, however, will be happy to assist you if you are open and honest about your financial situation and the risks involved. You can contact one of our Idaho Falls property managers if you have any further inquiries.

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