Anyone who currently rents a home or flat, or lives with their parents, may need to search for alternative forms of credit if they wish to take out a new loan. Fairly or unfairly, anyone who is unable to display a good credit history to a potential lender will struggle greatly to successfully apply for a loan due to strict lending policies. Fortunately tenant loans and guarantor loans have filled this gap in the market and are ideal for any tenant who has adverse credit, arrears, filed for bankruptcy, County Court Judgements (CCJs), debt issues or anyone who is self employed and has no proof of income.
Many high street lenders simply refuse to issue loans to people with a bad credit rating, regardless of the reason, and therefore turning to specialist loans to help counter this problem is the only realistic option for many people.
What Exactly is a Tenant Loan?
Tenant Loans have been created specifically for council tenants, private tenants, housing association tenants and anyone who still lives with their parents/relatives and hasn’t had a chance to build up a suitable credit history.
Whatever your circumstances as a tenant, even if you have a bad credit history, CCJ’s, defaults or payment arrears, tenant loans may be a viable option for you.
Who are Tenant Loans designed for?
Tenant loans should be viewed as the primary option for any council tenants, housing association tenants, most private renters, and for people living with their parents or relatives. Because this type of loan is unsecured, it guarantees that you will not need to secure your property against the outstanding balance of the loan.
Can Anyone Apply For a Tenant Loan?
In short, anyone who doesn’t own their own property is eligible for a tenant loan.
What Are The Alternative Options?
Similar to a tenant loan, in the fact that they have been designed to offer a way to successfully apply for credit even if you would struggle with a High Street lender, guarantor loans are becoming increasingly popular. Although this type of loan has been in existence for many years, confusion still reigns regarding how they actually work and who they will benefit the most.
Guarantor loans are available to more people than loans offered by some banks and other high street institutions because they utilise the presence of a friend/family member who will act in the role of guarantor for the loan to provide an extra level of security for the lender. For this very reason, guarantor loan lenders are willing to lend to those will a poor credit history due to missed repayments in the past, never having credit before or not having lived in the UK for very long, amongst a wide variety of reasons.
Whilst there are a range of other ‘bad credit loans’ available, nearly all have a very high associated APR and are only available in fairly limited amounts. Payday loans, for example, are designed to be paid back on the borrower’s next pay day. Generally this will leave them short of money for the next month and another loan will be taken out. This can quickly become a vicious cycle which is difficult to extricate themselves from. However, as well as being spread out over a longer period of time, your ability to afford the guarantor loan repayments will be factored into the loan application process, significantly reducing the risk of this happening again.