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Tenant death (by Daugherty [MO]) Aug 12, 2017 2:18 PM
       Tenant death (by Barb [MO]) Aug 12, 2017 2:24 PM
       Tenant death (by John... [MI]) Aug 12, 2017 2:32 PM
       Tenant death (by Ken [NY]) Aug 12, 2017 3:00 PM
       Tenant death (by RB [MI]) Aug 12, 2017 4:38 PM
       Tenant death (by Vee [OH]) Aug 12, 2017 6:09 PM
       Tenant death (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Aug 12, 2017 6:44 PM
       Tenant death (by Mike45 [NV]) Aug 14, 2017 1:16 PM

Tenant death (by Daugherty [MO]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 2:18 PM

We had a tenant die and his belongings were stolen before we were notified of his death. Are we responsible for the stolen items as the landlord if we did not have any knowledge of his death? The day we were notified we changed the locks within hours. Also the person that stole the items admitted to us that he stole the items and sold them and backed this up in writing. This same person also stole some property from other tenants in a shared common area. Our lease states we are not responsible for items in the shared area. We don't have any family contact information and there is not a will. How do we handle this situation and what are we liable for. --24.107.xxx.xxx

Tenant death (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 2:24 PM

I can't imagine why you would be liable in this situation any more than any other.

Did this individual steal everything? --72.172.xxx.xxx

Tenant death (by John... [MI]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 2:32 PM

There must be more to this story. You have a WRITTEN statement from someone admitting that they stole items and sold them? Why would he give you such a statement? Did you call the police?

Or do you mean that he was CAUGHT by the police and the written statement that you have is that police report?

Just curious, because it just sounds weird.

But, in any case, as Barb said, for a normal situation (unless there is something we're missing here), so I don't see why you'd have any responsibility for the stolen items.

- John...


Tenant death (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 3:00 PM

As long as you didn't let him in or give him a key I don't see how you could be held responsible.Any personal references on your application? --24.25.xxx.xxx

Tenant death (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 4:38 PM

Lets hear the rest of the story. --71.13.xx.xxx

Tenant death (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 6:09 PM

There is gonna be much more to this, make sure the police reports are in sync with what you are telling us. --76.188.xxx.xx

Tenant death (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Aug 12, 2017 6:44 PM


What does your lease say? This happens all the time and should be in every proper lease.

My lease is clear:

-we require 4 Emergency Contacts per adult at lease signing. (Solves the problem of contacts.)

-we are not responsible for personal belongings

My advice: box up what's left, put it in storage, clean the place, and re-rent quickly. YOU are the only one who cares about lost rent while the family squabbles. NEVER count on the estate paying you.

BTW Send the required written Deposit Settlement even tho the person has died.

BRAD --68.50.xx.xxx

Tenant death (by Mike45 [NV]) Posted on: Aug 14, 2017 1:16 PM

My guess is that this is a rooming house type of situation. I have no idea what liability a landlord of a rooming house might have over thefts by one of the lodgers against another lodger.


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