Generally a Guarantor should show on their most recent tax return 80 times the monthly rent in annual salary. For example, on a $2,500 one-bedroom, the Guarantor should be showing $200,000 in annual income. A Guarantor must typically submit the first 2 pages of his most recent Federal 1040 tax return, a recent bank statement, a photo ID and must also undergo a credit check. Guarantors often don’t enjoy being subject to the same type of financial scrutiny they usually experience when applying for a mortgage so make sure your Guarantor is as willing and fully prepared as you are. If your Guarantor’s financial privacy is an issue let us know right away so we can direct you to a landlord whose documentation requirements aren’t as invasive as others.
What if my Guarantor owns a lot of real estate?
This won't help the Guarantor's qualifications. They can’t sell a house in five days to cover missed rent payments.
My Dad has $400,000 in his IRA. What if I just submit his retirement statement?
Landlords can’t go after retirement money to pay rent, only income and liquid assets. Money in retirement accounts won't help UNLESS your guarantor is actually of age to freely draw from this account.
My Dad refuses to give out his Social Security number.
Then he cannot be a guarantor. No exceptions ever to this one.
My Aunt is retired. Can she still be my Guarantor?
If she has enough cash assets in the bank, then possibly. But normally a Guarantor must show sufficient income. Be prepared: Landlords differ in their views and judge applicants on a case-by-case basis. A Landlord may reject a Guarantor in the beginning of the month but may accept that very same Guarantor if the apartment hasn’t rented towards the end of the month.
My Guarantor is from California. Is this OK?
Many times, the answer is no. In order to sue a Guarantor, the Landlord must physically go to the state of the Guarantor’s residence. A Building Owner cannot subpœna a Guarantor to come to NY. This is why many Landlords insist upon Tri-state Guarantors (NY, NJ or CT). Ask your Agent though! He or she will know which landlords will accept such a guarantor.
I have a roommate. Can my mother only guarantee my portion of the rent?
A Guarantor guarantees a lease, not a person. In a roommate situation all Guarantors guarantee all the roommates. There isn't any division of liability. Be sure your Guarantor is aware of this. No other way around it!
Company note: You may think you have a Guarantor but make sure BEFORE you even start your search that your Guarantor understands all the information above before you assume they are willing to submit personal information, undergo a credit check and also guarantee your roommate, whom they may have never met.