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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 Bloomingdale RentalThe terms “cosigner” and “guarantor,” if you are a Bloomingdale renter, may be familiar to you. However, what do they mean? Exactly how do the two differ from one another? This blog post will explain the distinction between cosigners and guarantors, as well as make suggestions on how to solicit assistance from friends and relatives.

What is a Cosigner?

A cosigner signs a lease with you agreeing to pay the rent when you are unable to. Cosigners are treated as additional tenants, even if only on paper. The cosigner must also legally occupy the rental property and sign the lease with the tenant. Additionally, this person is prepared to share the financial obligations of a tenant, including any possible fines, unpaid rent, or property damage. A cosigner generally has better credit than the renter and a higher income because they must show an income of at least six times the rent in order to qualify. A co-signer can make it much simpler for a young or first-time renter to qualify for a rental home.

What is a Guarantor?

A guarantor, in contrast to a cosigner, promises to pay your rent only in the event that you are unable to. In contrast to a co-signer, a guarantor is not regarded as a tenant and does not have the same rights. In the event that the tenant is unable to pay their debts, the guarantor will act as a financial safety net. Like a co-signer, a guarantor must demonstrate income that is at least six times the monthly rent.

Key Differences

The key distinction between a cosigner and a guarantor is that a cosigner is legally liable for the rental residence, whilst a guarantor is only financially responsible. In the event that the tenant fails to pay rent or make necessary repairs to the property, the guarantor is held financially liable. However, regardless of whether the tenant pays the rent or not, a cosigner is still responsible.

Why You Might Need a Cosigner or Guarantor

There are a few situations where a cosigner or guarantor may be required. It’s possible that you’re new to renting and don’t yet have any established credit. Or maybe you’ve undergone financial difficulties, causing your credit score to suffer. Regardless of the reason, if you are unable to qualify for an apartment on your own, you might need to ask a friend or relative for advice.

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. Explain why you require their assistance and what their responsibilities would be if you were unable to pay your rent. Additionally, you should give them any pertinent documents, like your lease or income documentation. Finally, make sure they are aware 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’s a big decision to ask someone to cosign or be a guarantor of your loan. But if you are truthful about your financial situation and explain the associated risks, the appropriate person will be eager to assist you. You may contact one of our Bloomingdale property managers if you have additional questions.

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