Hello my name is Alex and I will help you with this. Please note that I am a working Solicitor and may be on and offline as I have to attend Court and meet with clients, even at weekends. As such you may not get an instant response when you reply as this is not an ‘on demand’ live service, but rest assured I will be giving your question my immediate attention upon return.
Did the tenancy have a clause that states it comes to an end upon death please?
Normally when someone dies the tenancy agreement ends. This is because you can not have a dead tenant!
The tenancy agreement therefore ends when the person dies. In terms of future rent, nothing happens because you are able to relet out the property.
If the person died and then there was a break-in then as Landlord you are responsible for that as the agreement ends.
If there was the break in and then the person died then you have a claim on their estate.
Indeed if there are any rent arrears then the estate would be liable for these.
The solicitor acting on behalf of the executor of the deseased entered the premises using a local locksmith without my approval
Indeed - as Landlord they should have asked for your consent as the agreement has come to an end.
But in reality that is not a big issue, it is making sure you get the property back secure and re-letting it.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?