Tenant has died

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    Tenant has died

    My tenant (who was 90 years old) asked me to call in to see her. It became obvious pretty quickly that she was very ill. I arranged for an ambulance to take her into hospital. (Her family are all in the US)

    She passed away a week later. Her sons came over and said they would clear the property. On the last day that the rent was paid up to they handed in the keys to my letting agent.

    I asked what was the position with regard to the 1 month notice period but was told that as the tenant had died then the contract ceased immediately.

    Does anyone know if this is correct?

    I also asked what would happen to the deposit if the contract was no longer valid and was told that the monies would go to the deceased's estate.

    Does anyone know if this is correct?

    Obviously the upshot of this is that rather than having a months grace in which to find another tenant this will extend the period of no rental income.

    Obliged for any thoughts.

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