(Kitsap County, Washington)
Help! My tenant passed away suddenly and I don't know what to do!
My tenant moved into my rental on a month to month tenancy. He was paid up on his rent through August. In May he died.
His estate now wants July and August rents returned. I can understand that, it being a month to month.
But: the tenant did not pay his utilities since he had been there - he is responsible for them as stated in the rental agreement.
Also, the estate did not give written notice until June 17, 2009 at which time the keys were returned.
Can I keep the rent and deposit to pay for the unpaid utilities? Also, since the keys have been returned and notice given, when can I legally enter? The place appears empty from the outside.