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I know its something we don't like to think about but death is part of a Landlord's life
I have a customer who has been with me over 20 years. Last Wed I had a call from The Police saying that she was found dead in bed and could I come to the property
On arrival the Police were there and so was the body of my customer
She had passed away on her bed and had been dead around 24hrs. The Paramedics had been to the property and they gave the Police my details and unknown to me I was named as Next of Kin.
A will was found in the flat by the Police and I am also named as the executor of my customer's Estate
For the past week I have been removing rubbish from the Property It also turned out my customer was a bit of a hoarder I wanted to clear the property myself as I was keen to try and find family member but so far my customer was alone in life
It has been a horrible experience dealing with personal Property, Funeral Arrangements getting a Death Cert and a great deal more
Its been so stressful ?? and something as a Landlord I never expected
If anyone says to me I want to be a Landlord I would say Yes - But never think it stops just at collecting rent and doing repairs
I only wish the haters of the PRS can see the real reality of being a Landlord
To see a customer picked up and placed in a plastic bag by the Undertakers will be with me for life
We deal with personalities - Human beings. Its not all about Money. in reality its much more!
And we should never forget the privileged position we are in
RIP Michelle - 22 July 1943 to 28 Nov 2018 - I could well be attending a funeral on Xmas Eve
That's a sobering thought and I may well be standing there alone as Michelle had no one else but me ???
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
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That is a very sad and sobering story DL. Be kind to yourself, as this will cause a lot of stress, even if you do not feel it at the time. xWe have a thread on dealing with this issue:Death of a tenant
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It’s awful I have had death before but I have never had to take the responsibility for a dead customer funaral and sorting out all her personal paperwork and family photos
what songs ect for the funeral what to do with the ashes it’s all the detail that’s needed for the arrangements
its a bloody nightmare
normaly there is a family to turn to but Michelle had nobody
and that’s the hard part
if there is no money I will pay for the arrangements
i think there is insurance and I have passed on the legal side to a solicitor I know
it’s horrible but this could happen to any landlord
What an awful experience?
However I suggest you put a hold on your activity. You are throwing away her possessions (and as a landlord I understand why) but there is a probate exercise to go through as these assets belong to her estate. Does she have any relatives who can manage the probate process?
It is a sobering thought that although I do probate work I don't ask for next of kin details for my tenants. I will now do this!
I feel for you.
Chartered Accountant, Tax Advisor and Mortgage broker
(and BTL portfolio owner)
No she has no family and I am the executioner on the will
so it’s down to me to do what’s best
I have instructed a solicitor to deal with the estate
and I am also the beneficiary of the estate
I don’t know if there is money or not she had a PC so I think it’s all online
I passed on all paperwork to the solicitor and I found a banking icon Halifax on her pc so I think her bank was Halifax
i ised the one stop service when I register the death so HMRC ect now know
what a position to be in
I think you are doing it all right. Just make sure the probate lawyer is in agreement with you.
What away to "enjoy" the festive festivities?
All credit to you and to DTD. I hope we all behave as well as you have in such difficult circumstances.
I hope you can put this behind you for Christmas. So Merry Christmas
Property Tribes always advises getting next of kin details for tenants. My brother in law - RIP Carlo - had a tenant who became extremely ill and went into a coma and had to be hospitalised. There were no next of kin details and it created a number of problems.Having next of kin details gives an avenue of enquiry if something happens to the tenant.
D_L What area are you? If you are not too far and no one else attending I will also attend.
I’m in the NE newcastle
it is very kind of you to offer
sounds like a difficult time. I may be wrong, but i believe you have the option to renounce the role of executor.
The tenant clearly did this without your permission. Even if they had your permission, you have the right to renounce the role.
I am not sure what happens after that - it may fall to the crown. However, i suspect this may drag things out.
I wish you the best of luck - sadly i have acted as executor a few times, but never for tenants. If a tenant named me I am afraid i would renounce it.
She was a friend and I am happy to help where I can
she was a good person
thank you for the input