death of a tenant
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David Freeman
David Freeman
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1 month ago

I know this subjcet has been covered before but would like some clarification:

Unfortunately, our tenant died whilst in the property. We were not able to go to the property at the time and another tenant in the flat above informed the police and the deceased was removed. The tenant was receiving housing benefit, which was being paid directly to us, I informed the Council, and this has been stopped and they are asking for a refund, which is acceptable (I suppose!).

His personal contribution to the rent over and above the HB is still being paid, obviously no one is in contact with his bank.

However, we have had no contact from the police, the council (i.e. social services) nor any relative. I have done some research online and see that in some cases a form NL1 needs to be issued, but with no contacts, i.e. relative/administrator how can I proceed with a letter to give written notice and complete the NL1 when there is no one to receive it.

I believe the deceased had no family. Am I allowed to go through his belongings to try and find a contact, if this is not successful can I just take possession?

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