9:32 AM, 20th January 2021, About A year ago 8
Hello All, The rented property was originally let around five years ago to a married couple – great tenants and never had any issues with them.
During mid-2020, their relationship broke down and the husband left the matrimonial home. Both tenants worked full time and as such, the wife (together with her young children) was happy to continue to rent the property, funding this from her own salary. This was fine by me.
I’ve just heard that the lady in question has died unexpectedly about four days ago.
Obviously, this is a very difficult time for all concerned, but, I’m looking for some advice as far as how to proceed.
I will need to check but believe that the original tenancy agreement was in joint names and that updated paperwork has not been put in place in the lady’s sole name (I use a letting agent as I do not live local to the property).
So, there are no remaining adult tenants in the house, but the house will still be full of the deceased goods and assets – I believe that the mother of the deceased is looking after things just now.
Where do I stand in terms of the rent that is due for this current month and later months – they were on an AST? If the lease is still in joint names, can I go to the separated husband for payment until they vacate the property? Or does the estate of the deceased have an obligation to pay the rent until they have given notice and I do?
And, of course, given that we are in the middle of COVID lockdown, and I do not live locally, how do I go about visiting the property – should I simply rely on the letting agent to deal with things?
Any help gratefully received.