Death of Tenant:

ARSS Registered User
edited May 2017 in Miscellaneous Discussions
Not sure if this is appropriate but having trouble trying to find the correct way to change a name on an account when the tenant has passed away.  I have death certificate and other person is on her lease as Fiance' and Emergency contact.  I know they had items in unit for their joint business so not sure what to do.

Best Answers

  • YASS
    YASS Registered User ✭✭
    Answer ✓
    In the past, I was able to change the name to another tenant but only if the new tenant could show they were the next of kin. Otherwise, auction. If the new tenant is on the lease as an access person they can certainly get in to retrieve belongings and leave it empty for a move out.
  • Casino
    Casino Registered User
    Answer ✓
    The way we handle this situation in WA State, is as follows. The executor of the estate must bring in a death certificate, and he/she can name someone to take over the unit. Of course...the new person must agree to take over and sign a new rental agreement.


  • ARSS
    ARSS Registered User
    I will look into the estate issue.  I would feel better not worrying about an legal issues.  Thank you both for your comments.
  • craigbell
    craigbell Registered User
    Differs from state to state. In California we must ( by law) overlock the unit immediately, upon notification of tenants death. We cannot open it to the heir until they provide a Death Certificate and a Power of Attorney. 
  • Amelina
    Amelina Registered User ✭✭
    Same here Death Certificate and a Power of Attorney is required.
  • DerekBrett
    DerekBrett Registered User ✭✭✭
    In Oregon it's death certificate and executor of the estate. However, we cannot not force someone to not move out. So if the next of kin knew the gate code and had a key to the unit, they could vacate without us knowing there was a death at all.

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