Looking to rent student accommodation? Whether you are living independently or sharing, your property owner may require a guarantor. What exactly is a guarantor? How do I find one? We’re here to help clear things up and answer any questions you may have.
As a student, you rent accommodation without necessarily having any personal income. For property owners, this might represent a risk of not being paid rent. So, they may require a guarantor to be certain that the rent will be paid at the end of the month.
Your guarantor is responsible if you fail to comply with your obligations. Basically, your guarantor pays out if something goes wrong, so proof of enough resources to foot the bill is needed. This is why property owners often ask for the guarantor’s most recent tax return — as proof of income.
Your guarantor signs an official document, called a guarantee, which is also known as a type of “security”. This means the guarantor is legally bound to pay the property owner for you if necessary. The guarantor completes the document, which is then attached to your lease.
Handy hint: For shared accommodation, all tenants must have their own individual guarantor.
The first solution, which most students choose, is simple: Ask someone close to you.
This could be a parent, sister, uncle, friend or third party. Any private individual who declares income in France and has an official tax return can be a guarantor for you.
If you are an international student, please note that a property owner cannot legally reject your guarantor because they live in your home country. However, in practice, applications with guarantors who live in France often have an advantage.
Don’t worry if this is the case — you can go through a specialised agency like Visale or Garantme. This is explained in more detail a little further down :)
The following is a list of documents that your individual guarantor needs to provide:
It all comes down to numbers. Your guarantor must provide proof of a monthly income equivalent to four times your rent -utilities included-, either through recent payslips or a tax return.
Not everyone earns enough to do this. If your chosen guarantor does not reach the required income threshold, you can have a second guarantor.
Each guarantor must then provide proof of an income equivalent to three times the monthly rent including utilities, with all the necessary supporting documents.
Maybe your guarantor lives abroad, doesn’t meet the income requirements, or you don’t know someone who can help you. You can then turn to a “corporate body”. In other words, a legal entity, such as a company, a bank or an association.
It plays exactly the same role as a private individual in that it will pay, if necessary, the rent, utilities and any other amounts that the tenant owes.
Here are two organisations that can act as your guarantor:
The downside: The service costs €210 per year for one tenant at a monthly rent of €500 including utilities. With the promo code YouFirst 2021 you can get a €35 reduction on the service.
The downside is that certain conditions apply, so you must :
If you are an international student:
Please note: The Visale guarantee can last for up to 3 years, up to a maximum of 36 monthly payments.
Visit the Visale website to find out more.
A guarantor is a must-have in getting a foot in the door and securing a student rental, but putting together a complete application is just as important.
Tip: To get on the fast track, get all your documents ready [link to list of required documents] before starting your application.
Guarantor, guarantee, security deposit… you’ll come across a lot of words when completing your application and so it’s best to know what they mean.
The person or organisation that guarantees that your rent will be paid to the property owner of your apartment.
The document that your guarantor must sign when signing the lease. This means that the guarantor is legally bound to pay your rent for you, including utilities, if you default on payment during the term of your lease.
Often called a “retainer”, which is in addition to your guarantee. The security deposit is an amount equivalent to one or two months’ rent (including tax and excluding utilities), which must be paid when you move in to your accommodation. This money is retained for the duration of your stay and is returned to you when you move out.