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England | Start of a Tenancy (England) | Tenant References and Guarantors (England)

Witness boxes removed from the guarantor agreements

24 Feb 2022 | 1 comment

Hello,

 

I have created two tenancies recently that require guarantors and both of the guarantee pages no longer require a witness signature or address box. Will the guarantee still be legal without witnesses?

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  1. guildy

    Yes, that is intentional.

    They were never probably required, but we were stuck in our ways and nervous about changing!

    The critical thing about a guarantee is that the guarantor must sign it first before the tenancy for the witness not to be needed. Being signed first was difficult to show when printing, but now that most are using digital signing, it’s straightforward to show it was signed first by the audit log. As such, we had the confidence to remove the witnessing element.

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