This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series Granting an Assured Shorthold Tenancy

We always advise obtaining a guarantor for every tenancy whenever possible. Ideally, the guarantor will be a homeowner in England or Wales. This is so that if there is money owing it can be easier to get paid.

All our tenancy agreements have a guarantee agreement included and there is also one available separately here.

The guarantee agreement should always be signed BEFORE the tenancy. This is important not just for legal reasons but also, if you sign the tenancy first and then the guarantor refuses to sign, you will be stuck with the tenancy and no way of bargaining power to make the guarantor sign.

Our guarantee agreement is a deed and as such it must be witnessed by somebody who is not party to the guarantee agreement. When we are doing our own tenancy agreements, we ask the tenant to witness both landlord and guarantor signatures on the guarantee agreement but it doesn’t have to be the tenant and can be anybody (but not a party to the contract).

Completing the form is quick and simple (also see the picture below):

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