Death of tenant
The sole tenant in one of our properties died suddenly a few days ago. The next months rent is due on 1 May but obviously we don't expect to collect it. We have been phoned by her daughter in law who was really too upset to deal with, so we said there is no rush, get over your shock and the funeral and we can then sort things out. The daughter in law now has the keys to the property. We don't envisage any problems but is there anything we need to do to be legally correct and how do we know the daughter in law is the correct person to deal with from a legal point of view. The things to deal with are arranging viewings, cleaning property, removal of furniture, deal with utilities and handover of keys and return deposit (if appropriate). At this time it is our intention that the property be emptied ASAP and given a professional clean (the tenant had a dog. We would not expect the full notice period and only charge rent up until key handover. Expect to return the deposit less cleaning costs and maybe some minor decoration.
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