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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 Hot Springs Village RentalIf you are a Hot Springs Village renter, you may be familiar with the terms “cosigner” and “guarantor.” What do they mean, however? What is the distinction between the two? We’ll outline the distinctions between cosigners and guarantors in this blog post, as well as offer advice on how to solicit assistance from friends or family.

What is a Cosigner?

A cosigner is someone who signs your lease with you and pledges to pay the rent if you are unable to do so. A cosigner is regarded as an additional tenant, even if it’s just on paper. A cosigner must first sign the lease with the tenant and then can legally occupy the rental property. This individual is also willing to share the financial responsibilities of a tenant, including any possible expenses, unpaid rent, or property damage. In the majority of instances, a cosigner should have better credit than the renter and a much higher income, as they will need to demonstrate up to six times the amount of rent to qualify. For a young or first-time renter, a co-signer can make the qualification process for a rental home much simpler.

What is a Guarantor?

A guarantor, as opposed to a cosigner, promises to cover your rent obligations only in the event that you are unable to. A guarantor is not a tenant and does not possess the same rights as a co-signer. A guarantor can be viewed as a financial backup plan in the event that the tenant is unable to fulfill their financial obligations. 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 primary distinction between a cosigner and a guarantor is that a cosigner is legally accountable for the rental property, whereas a guarantor is only financially liable. A guarantor assumes financial responsibility if the tenant fails to pay rent or repair property damage. In contrast, a cosigner is obligated to pay the rent regardless of whether the tenant pays.

Why You Might Need a Cosigner or Guarantor

You might need a cosigner or guarantor for a few different reasons. Possibly, you lack established credit because you are new to the rental market. Or you may have experienced financial difficulties, resulting in a lower credit score. If you cannot qualify for an apartment on your own, you might have to request a friend or family member for assistance.

How to Ask Someone to Help

When seeking a cosigner or guarantor, it is essential to be truthful about your financial situation. Clarify why you require their support and what their role would be if you were unable to pay your rent. You must also supply them with any crucial documentation, such as your lease or proof of income. Ensure that they are aware that they could be held responsible for paying your rent if you are unable to do so. Choose a person you trust and who is financially secure as a result, as this will work best.

Finding a cosigner or guarantor is a significant choice. The right person, however, will be happy to assist you if you are open and honest about your financial situation and the risks involved. If you have additional inquiries, please contact one of our Hot Springs Village property managers.

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