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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 Spring Branch RentalYou might be familiar with the terms “cosigner” and “guarantor” if you are a Spring Branch renter. But what do they really 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 somebody who signs a lease with you and commits to paying the rent if you cannot. 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. 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. 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, compared to a cosigner, makes the promise that they will cover your rent obligations only if you are unable to. The rights of a guarantor are different from those of a co-signer because they are not regarded as tenants. In the event that the tenant is unable to pay their debts, the guarantor will act as a financial safety net. A guarantor, like a co-signer, must demonstrate income that is at least six times 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 repair property damage, the guarantor assumes financial responsibility. 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. Perhaps you’re new to renting and haven’t built up any credit yet. Or perhaps you’ve encountered financial difficulties, which have caused your credit score to decline. Whatever the reason, you might need to enlist the assistance of a friend or relative if you can’t get approved for an apartment on your own.

How to Ask Someone to Help

When requesting a person to be your cosigner or guarantor, it’s crucial 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. You must also supply them with any crucial documentation, such as your lease or proof of income. Lastly, ensure that they are aware that they could be held accountable for paying your rent if you cannot. It’s best to select a person you can trust and who is financially secure because of this.

A big choice is making someone 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 Spring Branch property managers is available if you have any additional inquiries.

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