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Dead tenant (by Mordy [NJ]) Jan 8, 2018 10:53 AM
       Dead tenant (by Frank [NJ]) Jan 8, 2018 11:06 AM
       Dead tenant (by Mordy [NJ]) Jan 8, 2018 11:08 AM
       Dead tenant (by S i d [MO]) Jan 8, 2018 11:14 AM
       Dead tenant (by #22 [MO]) Jan 8, 2018 11:16 AM
       Dead tenant (by plenty [MO]) Jan 8, 2018 11:20 AM
       Dead tenant (by Pat [VA]) Jan 8, 2018 11:26 AM
       Dead tenant (by Mordy [NJ]) Jan 8, 2018 11:31 AM
       Dead tenant (by Jeff [CO]) Jan 8, 2018 12:00 PM
       Dead tenant (by Kim [TX]) Jan 8, 2018 12:08 PM
       Dead tenant (by Mordy [NJ]) Jan 8, 2018 12:14 PM
       Dead tenant (by AllyM [NJ]) Jan 8, 2018 3:49 PM
       Dead tenant (by Jo [CT]) Jan 8, 2018 4:58 PM
       Dead tenant (by Mordy [NJ]) Jan 8, 2018 5:19 PM
       Dead tenant (by Vee [OH]) Jan 8, 2018 6:05 PM
       Dead tenant (by LindaJ [NY]) Jan 8, 2018 6:59 PM
       Dead tenant (by NE [PA]) Jan 8, 2018 7:29 PM
       Dead tenant (by John [PA]) Jan 9, 2018 6:33 AM
       Dead tenant (by S i d [MO]) Jan 9, 2018 7:13 AM
       Dead tenant (by Nicole [PA]) Jan 9, 2018 7:39 AM
       Dead tenant (by Nicole [PA]) Jan 9, 2018 7:39 AM
       Dead tenant (by Tom [FL]) Jan 9, 2018 9:22 AM
       Dead tenant (by scott [PA]) Jan 11, 2018 1:35 PM
       Dead tenant (by Nicole [PA]) Jan 11, 2018 6:47 PM

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Dead tenant (by Mordy [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 10:53 AM
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An elderly tenant passed away in my apt. She was there 3 weeks before being found. She was laying in the bathroom on a tile floor.

Any recommendations as to how to get rid of the smell?

--174.255.xxx.xx




Dead tenant (by Frank [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 11:06 AM
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all kidding asude I might call the coroners office in your county/city and ask.

or.....call Servicemasters...or a similar disaster recovery outfit. google 'em up.

Good luck and sorry for the situation, --173.63.xx.xx




Dead tenant (by Mordy [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 11:08 AM
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Thank you --174.255.xxx.xx




Dead tenant (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 11:14 AM
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Bio-hazard clean up is my guess. Check with your insurance agent ... doubt it's covered but you never know. They may be able to give you some phone numbers for folks to call at least.

While lost rent and damages are unfortunate, the saddest part to me is that she went missing 3 full weeks before anyone came looking. --173.19.xx.xxx




Dead tenant (by #22 [MO]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 11:16 AM
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I have heard of insurance paying for the remedy in an event like this. Good luck --174.209.x.xxx




Dead tenant (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 11:20 AM
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new floor and maybe subfloor.

sorry to read about this --173.127.xxx.x




Dead tenant (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 11:26 AM
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Maybe it isn't such a bad thing to be involved with the tenants. I guess it depends on how many units you have. I take it you were following up on late rent? Just wondering more about the situation.

As far as insurance, I am a firm believer in less claims the better for obvious reasons. --71.51.xxx.xxx




Dead tenant (by Mordy [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 11:31 AM
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I am pretty involved with my tenants. She was quiet and kept to herself. She paid in beginning of the month. Her smoke detectors started ringing. When we went to see what was happening we found her. --174.255.xxx.xx




Dead tenant (by Jeff [CO]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 12:00 PM
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This is a terrible situation, of course. But in general, the less you are directly involved with the tenants, the better. --76.120.xx.xxx




Dead tenant (by Kim [TX]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 12:08 PM
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Having been through the death of a tenant myself, one issue we had to deal with was the tenant's estate. We were not allowed to enter the apartment until the estate was settled. Once that was done, the attorney requested an invoice for past due rent and the estate paid for the time the apartment was locked up. --23.30.xx.xxx




Dead tenant (by Mordy [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 12:14 PM
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Her family came thru and removed all her belongings and returned the keys. Unless I hear otherwise I will proceed with the clean up, and hope there are no further problems.

Thank you all for your responses --174.255.xxx.xxx




Dead tenant (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 3:49 PM
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Odors stay in grease. If you wash everything with TSP that should remove any grease. Use a sponge floor mop even on the walls. Mostly it's sulfur and there are little jars that contain an odor control bead. I think it is some chemical that binds with sulfur in the air and neutralizes it by changing it into another molecule so those will help you breathe while you work in there. --73.33.xxx.xxx




Dead tenant (by Jo [CT]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 4:58 PM
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A product called Odoban works very well. --32.215.xxx.xxx




Dead tenant (by Mordy [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 5:19 PM
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Jo,

Where can I find odobon? --24.188.xxx.xx




Dead tenant (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 6:05 PM
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If you have lingering smells get ahold of a ozone generator and let it go for a week or so, use this with an extension cord plugged into the outlet nearest the door, going deep into the unit to unplug the machine will have you join your tenant. --76.188.xxx.xx




Dead tenant (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 6:59 PM
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I get Odoban by the gallon at Sam's club. Check Lowes, Home Depot and Walmart as well. Amazon carries it. Amazing stuff, my go to for odor elimination and disinfection. --96.236.xx.xx




Dead tenant (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 7:29 PM
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I'd be inclined to call my insurance agent. --50.32.xxx.xxx




Dead tenant (by John [PA]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 6:33 AM
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We have had this happen several times. We typically get a restoration company involved. There is usually a very significant odor regardless of how many days they were dead. We were told by our insurance company that when someone dies there could be bio hazards involved and for liability sake you want this addressed by someone that deals with this regularly. They know how to get rid of anything that might have been contaminated and can make the apartment like new again. They can do this quickly and get you back up and running a lot faster than I can.I believe the costs were covered by our insurance or by the estate if there was one. Hope this helps --73.101.xxx.xx




Dead tenant (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 7:13 AM
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The proverbial horse is already out of the barn if the family has been through and cleaned out the place... but i'll state it anyways for the record/the future/anyone else who stops by this thread: do NOT ever allow ANYONE into a tenant's unit unless they are a court appointed executor. What if this lady has a will that says, "All my stuff should be donated to 1st Church of Allentown?" Oh dear....now you've gone and helped thieves get inside and steal stuff if you provided them access.

Maybe we think tenants have nothing worthwhile, but the value of the estate is immaterial. And who knows? These little old ladies sometimes keep collections of silver coins or wads of cash stuffed in mattresses. When my MIL's mom died, they went thru her house (MIL was court-appointed executor) and found all kinds of stuff. She was a child of the Depression and didn't trust banks. Wads of cash all over. Things turned sour quickly when other local members of "the family" showed up and started carting things off with nothing more than "MeeMaw always said I could have this..." What a mess! The family doesn't speak to each other any more...and her total estate, including the house, was only worth about $50,000. Imagine how many lawyers would've gotten involved if she'd had another $50K tucked away in a mattress or under the TV stand!

Anyway, I don't know if the family in your situation had any legal authority to take her stuff out or not. You didn't say. But bottom line: do NOT allow ANYONE in unless there's a legal paper trail that says this is the right thing to do. CYA. --173.19.xx.xxx




Dead tenant (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 7:39 AM
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...do NOT ever allow ANYONE into a tenant's unit unless they are a court appointed executor. ...

I've said it before ... I don't believe I've ever had a tenant with a probatable estate. No one will ever be appointed personal representative. since there is no one "in charge", no one can come after the landlord. the chance of erring in this is slim to none in my tenant pool. --72.95.xx.xxx




Dead tenant (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 7:39 AM
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...do NOT ever allow ANYONE into a tenant's unit unless they are a court appointed executor. ...

I've said it before ... I don't believe I've ever had a tenant with a probatable estate. No one will ever be appointed personal representative. since there is no one "in charge", no one can come after the landlord. the chance of erring in this is slim to none in my tenant pool. --72.95.xx.xxx




Dead tenant (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 9:22 AM
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Mordy of NJ, Call the funeral home that handled the arrangements for the lady. Have a good conversation with him or her. Ask if he knows if there is a legally appointed representative of her estate. Also ask him/her the best way to eliminate the odor and the possible contamination issues. He or she may talk to you or they may tell you it's private info. If it's private info could you please pass my name and number onto the legal representative and ask them to contact me.

You are doing some fishing for information for a few reasons. To find out who is responsible for the removal of her stuff. And who is responsible for paying for the clean-up. NOW none of this may matter to you because you want it done properly. When you enter the unit to install an ozone generator or have a professional company clean the bathroom. Post a 24 hour notice to enter, this will be your paper trail IF the family blames you for taking something from the unit.

Also get bags of charcoal place the bag of charcoal on a large plastic bag and cut the charcoal bag open now the charcoal will absorb odors too. Start with a bag at the front and back door.

Also once you enter the unit use vicks rub place it under your nose. A funeral director friend mentioned this to me to help reduce the odor in the unit.

Remember its not the dead to fear but those that are living.

When you paint use an odor primer, first paint the entire unit with the primer then paint your finish cost of your choice.

If you have carpet in the unit remove the carpet and pad, then replace with a click vinyl or hardwood of your choice.

Google whats the best way to remove body related items from your flooring. This may help you decide how to handle the clean up.

Your focus now is to get the place vacated, do clean-up, spruce-up and re-rent the unit. --99.56.xx.xx




Dead tenant (by scott [PA]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 1:35 PM
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Seeing potentially more problems here.

Son says to LL, "We are all done clearing out the rental and it is OK to throw "this" out. Then, Sister files suit against the LL saying "this" was worth $$$...

Would anyone have reference to the correct wording or legal form to use when verifying the authority of the person representing the deceased?

With so many potential problems - no need for a LL to take direction from someone that the family has not authorized.

--73.187.xxx.xxx




Dead tenant (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 6:47 PM
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Scott, in Pennsylvania, the only person with authority over a decedent's estate will be appointed by the court ... check with the Register of Wills or have the person supply you with a "Short Certificate".

"sister" can't (well anyone can) sue you on behalf of herself ... if she does, the suit will be dismissed because she doesn't "have standing". --72.95.xx.xxx



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