AST’s signed on line – how do you make that work?

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8:17 AM, 5th June 2019
About 4 months ago

AST’s signed on line – how do you make that work?

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AST’s signed on line – how do you make that work?

Hi there, Does anyone have experience of ‘digital signatures’ to share?

I am using the latest PIM’s AST agreement for 2 new student house tenancies due to start on 01 July 2019 which encompasses the most up-to-date legislation.

It’s one agreement for the new household of friends coming out of halls. I have two of them to sort. The necessary lengthy agreement includes the 4 guarantors who need to sign into it as well as the 4 students themselves.

The 4 guarantors are at all points of the compass and not all students will move in on 01 July. It follows that not all 4 guarantors, if any, will be there in person on move in day to sign up then.

I have no experience at all of ‘signing online’/’digital signatures’ so I am asking how I can propose getting the signing done by all the parties to the agreement before the new tenancy start date.

As 01 July is a Monday, I need to achieve having all the signatures by Friday, 28 June.

I can’t be the only landlord in this situation – so thanks everyone who can share any solution you can offer!

Lord



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Oren Harkavi

20:20 PM, 10th June 2019
About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by LordOf TheManor at 10/06/2019 - 19:32
In the past I found it difficult to arrange to meet groups of students on a certain day/time/location. One may be at his parents on that day, one may be playing football at that time, one forgot to show up etc. etc.....

Signing electronically solve this issue. You create your document, add all the signatories to the platform (I always add myself as the last one to sign and date) and once you send it, it goes to each party (in the order which they were added) until it comes to you.

As someone mentioned previously, the system allows you to see who received the document, who opened the document and who signed it. You can set reminders so if a person is holding up the chain they keep being asked to sign.

With regards to the guarantors, it is quite likely that they will be at a different part of the country (world). As I mentioned earlier, my preference is to send them the documents by post (as there is currently no other solution).

Regardless of the issue with the guarantors, signing electronically still saves a lot of hustle in my experience.

LordOf TheManor

10:25 AM, 11th June 2019
About 3 months ago

Hi Oren
With each guarantor signing separate agreements I get what you mean about posting them a document each to return to me.
However, the issue I have is that there is ONE document for each of them to sign into and each to be countersigned by a witness. It means they'd have to post it between each other..... and then hope it got back to me by a certain date after it had done the rounds of 4 homes.
It's that posting about I was trying to overcome. No solution found!

Lord

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