It is that time of year – student tenancies are in the news and up and down the country alert parents are saying “it is not fair – if my sons mate doesn’t pay his rent the landlord can come after me!”
Some landlords may feel that having 4 people guaranteeing a joint tenancy for 4 unrelated people is fine, after all, it does give them extra security, but it is a reality that in the lower courts, judges tend to look at the ‘fairness’ of an agreement, not just its legality, and a landlord trying to enforce a large debt against a guarantor in this situation may have difficulty obtaining a court order. I myself have had a judge asking me (in so many words),”do you think this is fair?”.
We have put together a guarantee document that limits an individual guarantor’s responsibility for non-payment of rent to the relevant tenants ‘share’ of the rent. Example – If Mrs Smith is a guarantor on a 4-person joint-tenancy with £10k pa rent, and Smith Junior can show he has paid £2,500 then Mrs Smith has no liability.
This ‘fairness’ can be a major selling point to tenants/guarantors, probably making obtaining a guarantee from parents easier and helping to convey to prospective tenants that the landlord will treat them fairly in other matters too.
I have added some further guidance notes in the comments section below and please feel free to ask further questions by posting comments.
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