Hi , My son has moved from his letting leaving a rental arrears of 8 thousand pound !! I stood as guarantor and his landlord has contacted me to see if my son will pay. The landlord has said he will not try and claim the money from me - but i am not sure if he will keep to his word .. I thought i stood as guarantor just for the first 6 months - i do not have a copy of the agreement My son had been at the property for 27 months and has not paid for the last 13 months Not sure why the Landlord has let it go on for so long & left it to this point to contact me. Can you advise on my side as a gaurantor. Many thanks David
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Has the Landlord confirmed in writing that he would not pursue you or that you are released?
No he has not confirmed in writing , i did request a copy of the agreement 16-11-13.
In law your position is generally that you are liable as a guarantor until you are released.
This means that usually it may have been for an initial rental period of 6 months, but if renewed you are liable for any sums due until you are released.
If the tenant stayed for years then you would be liable for the whole of that period.
Imagine the situation where the tenant stayed for 6 months and the refused to leave.
If you had been the Landlord you would have wanted the tenant out and the rent, if he refused to pay then the Landlord would go after the guarantor - which is why it is not normally for a fixed period.
But until you have confirmed in writing you are released from the guarantee then in law you are still bound.
If the Landlord confirmed you were either released or he would not pursue you then you would be free.
But if the tenant defaulted and came after you via the Court, you would need evidence that you had been released.
Therefore it is very very important that you have confirmed in writing you are released or will not be pursued.
Can I clarify anything about this for you today please?
HI Alex , i believe you have clarified the situation for me thank you.
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I will take on what you have told me and obtain a release document from the landlord to make sure , thanks for your assistance
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