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About three years ago my wife agreed to stand as guarantor

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Hi, About three years ago my wife agreed to stand as guarantor for friends who wanted a tenancy agreement. They have since separated and the guy has defaulted on the rent. My wife has received a demand for payment of these arrears. Is there any way she can release herself from this agreement or can he just sit pretty rent free?
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No, in short. If she is a guarantor then she is liable.
She can recover by suing the defaulting tenant but she can't escape the guarantee now I'm afraid.
Of course, she would have to sue the wife as well. The husband is not the only person responsible and, in fact, not the only person defaulting.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

can he sit there in perpetuum

He can remain for the rest of the contract but she is only liable for the specific AST that she signed.
It won't come to that though. If she has to pay she will sue him for the sum in question and that will focus his mind fast enough.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Please could you explain what the AST is?

Assured shorthold tenancy agreement.