Register as someone’s guarantor
Being a guarantor basically means that you promise to make the loan repayments if the borrower doesn’t pay.
Guarantor loans aren’t a new concept, it’s how banks used to lend before computer credit scoring took over. It’s quite common for landlords and mortgage companies to still ask for guarantors today.
We believe asking for a guarantor is the best way to lend as your family and friends know you better than a computer ever could. If you trust someone enough to guarantee their loan, then that’s good enough for us.
- Be able to afford to make repayments if the borrower doesn’t pay
- Be aged 18–75
- Have good credit
- Be a UK homeowner, or have a very strong credit history (a homeowner is more likely to be accepted)
If you’ve been asked to be someones guarantor you should’ve been given an “amigo.me” link. Just enter it below to go to guarantee their loan…
Why be a guarantor?
Three main reasons…
- You’d lend the money to the borrower yourself but you want them to manage the loan themselves and make repayments to us rather than to you.
- You can’t lend the borrower the money yourself.
- You want to help the borrower build up a good credit score for themselves and put them in control of their finances.
We’ve designed this flow chart to help you decide whether being a guarantor is the right option for you.
How do I guarantee a loan?
You can either sign and return the paper forms we sent to the borrower, or enter your “amigo.me” link above and complete the online registration.
Once we’ve receive your signed agreement we’ll check your details and call you for a quick 15 minute phone conversation where we’ll:
- Make sure you understand the terms of the loan
- Make sure you can afford to repay the loan if you ever have to
- Collect your card and bank details
Paying out the loan
Loans are paid out into the guarantor’s bank account. This is to prevent fraud and give you the option of changing your mind before you transfer the money to the borrower.
After payout we send you a copy of your contract and a letter confirming payment dates.
What happens once I’m a Guarantor?
You’ll receive monthly statements by post, however, you can opt out of receiving these if you would prefer. You’ll be able to check the loan balance and statement, update your details and make payments at any time online by logging in using your email and password.
If the borrower makes payments on time you won’t be asked to do anything more, except update us if any of your details change.
What happens if the borrower misses a payment?
You should read our 10 promises about how we deal with missed payments. If a payment is missed we’ll inform you within 24 hours by text and email. We’ll always attempt to collect the payment from the borrower by Direct Debit and then by card.
If we aren’t able to take payment from the borrower by these methods, we will contact you both as soon as we know. We’ll always try to collect from the borrower first, but if we can’t resolve it with them, or if we can’t get hold of them for two weeks, we’ll contact you to tell you, and then will collect the payment from you.
How does this affect my credit score?
We will look at your credit file to make sure that you are financially stable and haven’t had trouble paying back your bills in the past. This is a special type of search called a “Quotation Search”, which will not affect your credit score held with the credit reference agencies. Anyone searching your credit file wouldn’t be able to see if you’re a guarantor on an Amigo loan, or even that you’re linked to the borrower.
The one time you could find your credit file and score affected is if both you and the borrower refuse to pay and we are forced to take court action, where the court judges that you must pay and you still refuse. In these circumstances, after 28 days the court will record the judgement on your file.
We write back details of the loan to the borrower’s credit file with all 3 major credit reference agencies. If paid on time this will help them to build their credit score and eventually they’ll be able to borrow from other lenders.