A guarantor is a person that co-signs a housing contract and agrees to be responsible for the costs of the house when the tenant becomes unable to pay these. Unfortunately, guarantors are very hard to find for international students, which can make the process of house hunting extremely complicated. So we’re working hard to be able to help you!
This is turning out to be the busiest (and best) time to look for a house this academic year, as prices are going down and landlords become more flexible. However, we are aware that some students are getting stuck at the last hurdle - finding a suitable guarantor. Most landlords and estate agents will require students to have a UK-based guarantor that can pass their credit checks, leaving students from low income backgrounds stuck for options.
VP Welfare & Diversity Willow Wong has been working on a passed Bright Idea to tackle this issue, and she’s been lobbying with the College to offer help to such students. However, we are aware that change takes time, so in the meantime, our Advice Centre is here to guide students stuck in this situation. While we cannot supply you with a guarantor, we can help you by directing you to helpful services or more flexible landlords.
You might not be aware, but HouseSearch is a housing website run by the Students’ Union to help you find the perfect home. Because it’s an advertising platform as opposed to an agency, you will mainly find individual landlords advertising their properties. Individual landlords are more likely to be flexible about things like contract length and guarantor requirements. Don’t be afraid to call the landlords, explain your situation and make them an offer. If you are not confident enough to do this, or have more questions, we can help you to negotiate at the Advice Centre – you can book an appointment with us below!!
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