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my daughter rented a house on the 30/04/12 under a assured

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my daughter rented a house on the 30/04/12 under a assured shorthold tenancy agreement for a term of 6 months commencing 30/4/12, the landlord requested that I sign a guarantor agreement to which I agreed having been told that it was for a 6 month term, my daughter stayed in the property for approx. 2 years and fell into arrears for which she was evicted, the landlord is now claiming all of the rent arrears from me through a solicitor, I signed the guarantor agreement on the understanding it was a 6 months tenancy as stated in the tenancy agreement, no rent arrears were present in this period, am I still responcible having not signed a further agreement for the continued tenancy
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Does the guarantee agreement confirm that you were only bound for 6 months?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

No it does not give any timescales, which I believe is unreasonable

Well, it may be but that doesn't make it unlawful.
Does it refer to the timed agreement?
Or seek to extend beyond that?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

there is mention in the declaration as follows (extract)

I confirm that in the event of my/our defaulting on the rental agreement that any such default may be recorded with credit reference agencies and may affect any future application for credit.

this is the only mention relating to the rental agreement.

In that case the law will imply that your guarantee was restricted to the original agreement.
There are some guarantor agreements that seek to underpin the length of a person's entire tenancy and there has been some case law that has suggested that offends against UCTA and so is void but it is absolutely clear cut.
However, this agreement does not. This agreement just refers to 'the tenancy agreement'. The only tenancy agreement at the time that you signed was the AST of origin. That has time limits. Unless you have signed a fresh agreement this will not extend it.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

what does AST stand for,

Assured shorthold tenancy agreement.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

thank you for your prompt advice in this matter, I am very happy with your service

No problem and all the best.
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