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About 2 weeks ago 36
Last May, I received a call from my tenant’s ex-wife telling me that he had died. The following month, the tenancy ended and keys were handed back. The property has now been sold.
The one problem I have been unable to resolve is returning the deposit (in full) to the next-of-kin, his daughter.
I was told, during a conversation with the DPS, that she needs to submit a death certificate and a next-of-kin form (in the absence of a will). However, DPS are unable to assist with providing a template, or similar.
Confident that Googling would provide me with help, I searched the internet but, surprisingly, drew a blank.
I next decided to email my helpful and friendly conveyancing solicitor, but he replied that they had no suitable form and suggested I contact the DPS………..
I am quite sure that my ex-tenant’s next-of-kin would benefit from the money, though she has not made any great effort to retrieve it. Nonetheless, I would like to remove the “suspended” tag from the deposit, get what is owed to her paid out, and remove the property from my DPS account.
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