What to do after a tenant dies
When an MTVH tenant dies it’s important to report it as soon as possible. Depending on your situation, you could take over the tenancy. This is often called ‘Succession’. If there is no one able to take over the tenancy we will have to end the tenancy. We understand it’s challenging when dealing with someone’s death. To help you please choose the right service to meet your needs.
You automatically take over the tenancy. We will need to process the legal paperwork.
It is possible you automatically take over the tenancy. You can check if this is the case for you. We will need to process the legal paperwork.
If you were living at the property, you can apply to take over the tenancy.
You can tell us about the death and we will process it appropriately. This includes ending the tenancy.
There are services available to provide practical help and support at this difficult time.
- Citizen’s Advice and Gov.UK have helpful information on what to do.
- National Bereavement Service helps those in need of support during the difficult time of bereavement
Frequently asked questions
What is succession?
It is when a tenant dies and someone living with them takes over their tenancy. This is succession. A successor is a person who takes over or succeeds in the tenancy.
A successor may be a joint tenant, partner, spouse, or civil partnership. There are times when other family members may also have a right to take over the tenancy. But, they must have been living with the tenant for a least 12 months before the tenant died.
Who can succeed to the tenancy?
A successor is a person who takes over or succeeds in the tenancy. The tenant’s spouse, civil partner, or partner has the legal right to take over the tenancy if they were living with the tenant when they died. There are times when other family members may also have a right to take over the tenancy.
If there is no partner to take over the tenancy other family members may succeed. This may include parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, step-relations, half-relations, and adopted children. But the type of tenancy agreement and how long the tenant had it for will determine the outcome. If the property is larger than you need, we may ask you to move to a more suitable property.