When a tenant passes away

We understand that when someone dies it is a very difficult time for family and friends. We will try to help as much as possible in the circumstances.

The best option is to contact a Tenancy Management Coordinator as soon as is possible following the death of a tenant and let them know what has happened and then individual advice and assistance can be given.

There is different advice based on different circumstances and we have listed some of those circumstances below:-

Sole tenant dies

The tenancy will need to be ended, please see Ending your tenancy for further information.

Joint tenant dies

If a joint tenant dies, the tenancy goes to the other joint tenant and they automatically become the sole tenant of their home. But there are no further succession rights so they cannot pass the tenancy on to anyone else.

People left in occupation

If a sole tenant dies and there is no spouse, a family member who has lived in the home for at least the last 6 months and can provide proof of that may be able to take over the tenancy. If the property is too large for successor they will be asked to move to a smaller property. If there is more than one person who has lived in the home for at least the last 6 months, the late tenant’s family can decide which one they want to take over the tenancy. If the family cannot agree Willow Park Housing Trust will decide.

If there is no one who has lived in the home for at lease the last 6 months the person dealing with the late tenant’s affairs must return the property back to Willow Park Housing Trust and end the tenancy.