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Q: My father passed away on 4-29-2019 and was renting a home and was wondering about my rights as next of kin.

I'm not wanting to take anything away from anybody if they are owed it but also this situation is hard enough as it is and I kinda feel like I'm being taken advantage of as well. I had his possessions removed, house cleaned and even mowed the yard for them as well (they didnt ask at the time I was just trying to help the landlords) by 5-9-2019. On 5-10-2019 they came to do their final inspection and (I totally forgot to wipe down the ceiling fan blades because I've had alot bigger things on my mind from the obvious situation) but asked me to clean the blades, fix a piece of trim and also if you dont mind cut the yard once again. Do I have to do these things? If I do am I entitled to his security deposit? This isn't a greed thing but I also dont want to be taken advantage of and not know my rights. This is in Montgomery County. TN. Also my name is not on this lease. And he signed this 12 month lease in October of 2018.

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Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: As a Next Of Kin, you and the others can demand the return of the Security Deposit. If not paid over, then you can sue as the Next of Kin of the Decedent Tenant. You are not liable for his debts.

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