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    Hello All
    Looking for some advice. We’ve had an elderly gentleman living in a flat we’ve been renting out for a while now. His daughter has been in touch to notify us that he has recently passed away. Obviously this is a sensitive situation and I’m keen not to upset the daughter. We have a slight issue though, the daughter is currently out of the country and has asked us not to go into the flat until she gets back and clears his possessions out. She has given no definite date for her return to the UK which leaves me with a flat I can’t rent out or even show anyone. Rent is currently paid up for another 2 weeks then I’m going to be out of pocket. I’m not keen on suggesting the daughter pays any rent as its not her flat but I’m also not keen on this situation dragging out too long as I want to get the flat emptied and get someone else in as soon as I can.

    Has anyone been in a similar position? If so can I ask how you handled it?



    The death of the tenant doesn't end the tenancy and the tenant's estate becomes liable for the rent.

    I'd reply to the daughter that you're happy to leave the property until the executor serves notice to end the tenancy (assuming she's going to be the executor).
    Sorry for your loss, will be as flexible as possible etc.
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).


      What about the rotting food in the fridge? Empty the bins? It is an electric key meter, as the fridge will melt if the electricity has goes off?.

      Does she have a key to the property? Or do you need to provide access?. If so prompt her on when you can meet?
      Was there a funeral?


        Thanks both for the replys. The daughter has been the main point of contact for the magority of the tenancy as tenant was not an English speaker. As a result all communication has been via her and she has always been present when we needed to do any maintenance etc.

        The estate in this case I'm sure will have zero value therefore having the tenancy run on is not going to be worthwhile.
        Its a good point re food and electricity and one I'll maybe use to push the matter of access if they don't make any signs of movment over the next week or two.


          Originally posted by paultervit View Post
          The estate in this case I'm sure will have zero value therefore having the tenancy run on is not going to be worthwhile.
          That's not something you have a choice about though; the tenancy continues until the estate serves valid notice and it expires, you get a repossession order executed by bailiffs or the estate surrenders the tenancy and you accept that surrender.

          When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
          Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).


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