Is a lease legal if the owner of the home is deceased and the home is rented by his niece?

Asked over 1 year ago - Sarasota, FL

The homeowner is deceased and the mortgage is still in his name. His niece has rented the home.

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  1. Heather Morcroft

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . It is possible that the niece is the personal representative of his estate and if so she would have the authority to rent the home. Why don't you just ask her?

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  2. Carol Lynne Zimmerly


    Contributor Level 19


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    Answered . More facts are needed to answer the question.
    How much time has passed since the owner died?
    Who is the niece paying rent to?
    is the lease in writing?

    The family needs to find out where the Last Will and Testament is and determine who has the responsibility of following the deceased's instructions. The situation can't be left like this indefinitely.

    If the property is titled so that someone else now owns the property, then there is no need for probate and the other person on title can collect rent, continue renewing the lease, or terminate the lease.

    I recommend that you make an appointment with a local landlord tenant attorney or real estate lawyer to determine your rights and responsibilities.

    Good luck!

  3. Robert David Devin


    Contributor Level 12


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    Answered . More facts are required to answer this question. But generally, when a person dies, there is a the appointment of a personal representative (in other states called an executor) this person handles the affairs of the estate (which can be seen as a basket of the deceased persons "stuff", money, cars, houses). That person is now in charge of the estate and make decisions. I would argue that the estate is now your landlord and that the lease is still binding and in effect. (I assume it is a one year lease)

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