§ Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what guidance he issues to local authorities concerning rent payments, where the lawful tenant has died and there is no succession to the tenancy, during the period immediately following death when the deceased's affairs are being dealt with.
§ Mr. Baldry
None. However, a secure tenancy does not cease on a tenant's death. Normally, the tenant's executors would be responsible for paying the rent until they and the authority terminate the tenancy. If the tenant did not leave a will, and there are no letters of administration, the tenancy vests in the president of the family division of the High Court.