Guarantor loans

Guarantor loan comparisons are provided by Runpath Regulated Services[1]

What is a guarantor loan?

A guarantor loan is an unsecured loan where a second person is responsible for paying off the debt if you can’t keep up with repayments.

If you can’t afford any repayments your guarantor will be liable for them and will have to pay. It works a bit like having a joint bank account - both your credit scores will be impacted.

Guarantor loans are an option if you’ve got a poor credit history or no credit history, and you’re struggling to get accepted for a standard personal loan.

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Guarantor loan criteria

Sometimes your guarantor needs to be a UK homeowner too, but there are non-homeowner loans available.

These kinds of loans might be secured against the property of the guarantor, so if you default on your repayments, you risk the guarantor’s property being repossessed.

You can’t be financially linked to your guarantor already, for example, if they're a partner that you share a bank account with, but they can be a friend or family member.

The interest rate on guarantor loans varies by lender but expect it to be higher than average. We checked Defaqto, and out of 15 guarantor loans, the representative APR ranged from 24.9% to 69.9%.[2]

You’ve also got a limited choice, there aren’t that many options for guarantor loans on the market.

For loan applicants

You’ll need to:

  • Be over 18
  • Hold a UK bank account
  • Demonstrate to the lender you can afford the repayments

For guarantors

Guarantors must:

  • Be over 21
  • Hold a UK bank account
  • Have a good credit history

Guarantor loan interest rates

Guarantor loans aren’t heavily regulated, even less so than payday loans. Both types have extremely high-interest rates, but the interest could be greater over a longer-term if you have a guarantor loan.

“Regulations mean the amount to be paid back on payday loans is to be no more than an additional 100% of the original amount borrowed,” said GoCompare’s money expert, Sally Jaques.

“Guarantor loans don’t have the same regulations, so there’ll be no cap on the interest amount you’ll pay over your loan term. That means that you could end up paying back way more than you originally borrowed and ending up in even more debt.”

Guarantor loans top tips:

  • Keeping up your repayments will improve your credit score
  • If possible, pay off your loan early to minimise the interest you pay
  • Use a soft or smart search to compare loans to avoid impacting your credit rating

Alternatives to guarantor loans

Here are a few other options to consider:

  1. Chat to your bank or building society

    If you’ve got a good reputation with them, you could be offered a loan tailored to your circumstances

  2. Credit unions

    These not-for-profit organisations can be more supportive and understanding than other lenders, but you need to be a member to qualify for a loan. Read more about credit unions

  3. Peer-to-peer lending

    This is where you borrow money directly from another person, but only those with a squeaky clean credit history are offered the best deals. Read more about peer to peer lending

  4. Credit cards

    There are credit cards specifically for those with bad credit, so it’s worth taking a look to find the best solution for you

  5. Payday loans

    If payday loan seems like your only option, you’re better off staying away from any kind of borrowing and talking to Citizens Advice, National Debtline or Step Change for free advice

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Frequently asked questions

  • Who can act as guarantor?

    A family member, friend or work colleague may act as a guarantor, the only person who can’t is a partner or spouse who’s financially linked to you. They will need to be between 21 and 75 years old and have a good credit history.

  • What happens if you can't repay your loan?

    Your guarantor will be financially responsible for making repayments on your behalf - as a guarantor that is what they’ve agreed to through the contract they’ve signed.

  • Can being a guarantor affect your credit rating?

    Provided all the relevant payments are made on time, your credit score won’t be affected. However if the debtor fails to make payments and the loan falls into arrears, it will be added to your credit file.

  • What do I do if I can’t make my repayments?

    If you’re struggling with your repayments, speak to your lender first.

    Alternatively, contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau, National Debtline or StepChange Debt Charity for free advice.

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[1]Gocompare.com introduces customers to Runpath Regulated Services, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Gocompare.com’s relationship with Runpath Regulated Services is limited to that of a business partnership, no common ownership or control rights exist between us. Please note, we cannot be held responsible for the content of external websites and by using the links stated to access these separate websites you will be subject to the terms of use applying to those sites

[2]As of 17th October 2019.

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