If you own a property where a death has occurred, you may find it difficult to dispose of your property. First of all there are laws that can prevent you from taking possession of the property. Secondly, the house’s particular notoriety is something you may be legally obligated to disclose to possible future buyers. Despite these obstacles, all is not lost– or at least it does not have to be. Here are some tips for dealing with a property where a death has occurred.
If You Were Renting the Property Out
If you were renting the property to a tenant who passed and there were no other adult tenants on the rental agreement, then you may not be able to take immediate possession of the property. If the tenant rented the property month to month, then the tenant’s passing can signal a 30 day notice. If the tenant had a longer lease, the death does not necessarily signal a termination of the lease. You should contact the tenant’s next of kin or estate to make arrangements for removal of the tenant’s belongings and any unpaid rent or fees that are not covered by the deposit. Other things that need to be done include: