Death of a Tenant
Secondly, if, at the time of death, the tenant resided at the property with a co-tenant, then this co-tenant will be entitled to continue residing at the property, and the deceased tenant’s executors will be jointly liable for any remaining fixed term only.
Lastly, if the deceased tenant was a protected or statutory tenant, rights of succession may apply if the tenant lived in the property with spouse or other member of immediate family. Legal advice should be sought in such cases. Since 1989, a successor to such tenancy will be an assured tenant, and as such, the landlord will be able to charge a full market rent, instead of the rent registered by the Rent Service, which will have been considerably below market rent.
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