Did your father have a lease agreement? In California, when a tenant who has a tenancy for a specified term (such as a one-year lease) dies, tenancy continues until the end of the lease term, despite the tenant's death. Responsibility for the rest of the lease term passes to the tenant's executor or administrator. (Joost v. Castle (1939) 33 Cal.App.2d 138).
If the tenant had a month-to-month tenancy, the tenancy is terminated by written notice of the tenant's death. (Civil Code Section 1934.) The tenancy ends on the 30th day following the tenant's last payment of rent before the tenant's death. No 30-day or 60-day notice is required to terminate such tenancy. (Miller & Desatnik Management Co. v. Bullock (1990) 221 Cal.App.3d Supp. 13, 18-19).
Frank W. Chen has been licensed to practice law in California since 1988. The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice for a particular case. This posting does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author. For specific advice about your particular situation, consult with your own attorney.