What is a Guarantor on the Lease?

"Guarantor accepted" means that the landlord or community will allow you to name someone else to co-sign the lease and acquire responsibility for the contract. Residents who have a low credit score, receive an income below the required level or don't meet other terms listed on the lease may have a need for this arrangement to rent an apartment. The guarantor is someone who agrees to be financially and legally obligated to pay the rent if the tenant is not able to make the payment. When signing on your own, many apartments require that you make at least 40 times the monthly rent. When cosigning, most apartments require that the guarantor makes 80 times the rent rate, though some may ask for 100 instead. For example, if your rent is $1,500 a month, your guarantor would have to make at least $120,000 a year to meet the lower end of the requirement. If you already know who you would list on the lease, keep this in mind when considering your price range. Students most commonly use a parent as the guarantor, but this is not required in most cases. However, some landlords prefer guarantors that live nearby and have a strong existing relationship with the tenant.

The Process of Cosigning a Lease

The first step to co-signing a lease for an apartment with a guarantor is identifying someone to serve this role for you. While your guarantor may trust you and easily accept this role, it is important to emphasize that it is legally binding and makes them responsible for your payments if problems arise. Make sure the individual understands the necessary requirements, as well as the need to provide financial and other personal information to the community in order to prove eligibility. Examples include tax returns, proof of employment, recent paychecks and possibly even bank statements. If the guarantor prefers, they can provide this information directly to the landlord instead of going through the tenant.

One of the main reasons residents seek guarantors is due to their role as a full-time student, which can often leave little time for steady employment. For tips on how to create a budget, the Federal Student Aid website has a helpful guide geared towards students. Landlords for student apartments in Orlando will be very familiar with this arrangement and have all the requirements and paperwork ready for you. To ensure you are prepared and understand the process, you and your guarantor should schedule a meeting or call with the landlord to discuss any questions you might have.


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