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UPDATE: My mother's landlord died -- and his family says she can kiss her deposit goodbye

UPDATE: My mother's landlord died -- and his family says she can kiss her deposit goodbye

10/04/2017

By Quentin Fottrell, MarketWatch

Should she pursue this case or move on with her life?

Dear Moneyologist,

My mother has been getting ready to move from Connecticut to Tennessee and, sadly, about a week after she gave her landlord 45 days' notice, he passed away. She got in touch with his family, a couple of whom have been handling small repairs and picking up rent checks and, after offering condolences, asked them to whom she should make out the next (and final) rent check.

They told her that "the state" of Connecticut had taken his home and the rental property she lived in because he owed them money, and advised her not to pay her last month's rent, as they were sure she wouldn't be able to get her deposit back.

Also see: My brother assaulted my mother -- how can we get him out of our grandmother's home? (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/my-brother-assaulted-my-mother-can-we-evict-him-from-our-grandmothers-home-2017-02-10)

Her deposit is significantly larger than her last month's rent, and this whole thing sounds fishy to me. Wouldn't his estate -- and debts -- be settled through probate? Shouldn't there be some court record of the state having taken possession of the properties? And if the state takes your rental properties, are they allowed to confiscate deposit accounts containing monies that properly belong to the tenant -- not the landlord?

Kit in Oklahoma

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