Understand if a landlord can ask you for a guarantor
Question & AnswerWhat information can a landlord ask me for when I apply for a place?
A guarantor is a person who promises the landlord that they will pay your rent if you stop paying for any reason. They are sometimes called a “co-signer” because they sign the too. A guarantor is often a parent, family member, or close friend.
A landlord can ask for a guarantor if you have bad references, a bad credit history, or a history of not paying your rent.
They cannot ask you for a guarantor for a reason that discriminates against you. For example, a landlord can’t ask for a guarantor just because
- you’re a single parent
- you’re new to Canada
- you are getting social assistance
- you have a
- you are young (as long as you are at least 18, or at least 16 and on your own)