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Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceRenting & Real Estate · 9 months ago

How would it disadvantage a mother to co-sign an apartment lease for her son?

If a mother Co signed a one year lease for her adult son , in what ways would this hurt her credit ?

Or in what other ways would this hinder her?

Update:

The son is employed but the income does not exceed  requirements for being approved for an apartment. earnings are less than the ( 3 times over the monthly rent ) wages you must earn to qualify.

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  • 9 months ago

    if he does not pay the rent and is evicted, it may her credit.

  • 9 months ago

    If your housing costs are more than 1/3 your take home pay, you have made a seriously bad decision.  With that being said, I would only co-sign if I had sufficient funds to make the payments in case of default.  

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    STOP trying to help your son leave above his means, there are reasons for limits.  He can destroy your credit if he turns into a dead beat son.  Please do not make a fool of yourself by saying that would never happen, it can and does!

    Boomerful or whatever Why bullsh it someone about the truth, it is time an adult son lives on his own at what HE/SHE can afford and anything else is teaching a child to live above what they can afford on their own and that is why we have Bankruptcy Attys.

    RUDE?  How rude is it that you feel you must respond to every response anyone gives on this or any other query?

    Hey boomerful take a gander and we see this all the time and thus my reply

    https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20191...

  • 9 months ago

    Her credit could be destroyed if she doesn't pay the rent for her son if he doesn't pay for it. It also can prevent her from getting credit cards & loans because this will be used against her when they decide if she qualifies.

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  • 9 months ago

    It would only be an issue if her son failed to pay (as she would be liable for the full rent / any debt accrued)

  • 9 months ago

    It's ILLEGAL first of all. She could be sued and made to pay a bunch of money for signing and instead of moving in, authorizing someone else to move in, in her place, which she has NO authority to do. There are other repercussions. I'm not going to go into all of them here.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Landlord & Tenant law experience.
  • 9 months ago

    The reason landlords require a tenant to make 3 times the monthly rent to qualify as a renter is because it reduces the risk to the landlord that the tenant won't default on the lease.  Anyone who cosigns a lease is disadvantaged by assuming the same risk the landlord refused to accept.  By accepting the liability of the rent, even if Mom never pays a dime of it, Mom also suffers in her lessened ability to borrow because the lease is legally just as much her responsibility to pay, in full, as it is yours. 

  • Judy
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    If she wanted to get credit herself, the lease payment would be looked at as something she owes which might affect her ability to get a loan. And of course, if he didn't pay, she'd be responsible for the rent.

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    It would be a disadvantage if her son quit paying the rent, didn't tell her, and she found out when a process server arrives on her doorstep with a court summons, and then she is stuck with not only the rent, but the late fees, interest, attorney/court costs and now has a legal judgment on her record which will remain for the rest of her life.   

  • David
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Cosigning is a tremendous financial responsibility.  Say the rent is $750.00 per month and the son never pays a single month, she's out $9000.

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