Residential Tenancies Act 2004
Termination on tenant’s death.
39.—(1) Subject to subsections (2) 1 [ , (4) and (6) ] , a Part 4 tenancy shall terminate on the death of the tenant.
(2) Where the 2 conditions specified in subsection (3) are satisfied—
( a) subsection (1) does not apply, and
( b) the Part 4 tenancy concerned, accordingly, continues in being, subject to the other provisions of this Chapter, for the period for which it would otherwise have continued in being had the tenant concerned not died.
(3) Those conditions are—
( a) the dwelling, at the time of the death of the tenant concerned, was occupied by—
(i) a spouse 1 [ or civil partner within the meaning of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 ] of the tenant,
(ii) a person who was not a spouse of the tenant but who 1 [ was the tenant ’ s cohabitant within the meaning of section 172 of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 and lived with the tenant ] in the dwelling for a period of at least 6 months ending on the date of the tenant’s death,
(iii) a child, stepchild or foster child of the tenant, or a person adopted by the tenant under the Adoption Acts 1952 to 1998, being in each case aged 18 years or more, or
(iv) a parent of the tenant,
( b) one or more than one of the foregoing persons elects in writing to become a tenant or tenants of the dwelling.
(4) This section is subject to Chapter 6; without limiting the generality of this subsection, subsections (2) and (3) are not to be read as derogating from the operation of Chapter 6 in circumstances where a person referred to in subsection (3) is a multiple tenant (within the meaning of that Chapter) of the dwelling concerned.
(5) Irrespective of the number of instances of the application to the same dwelling of subsection (2) (by reason of a series of deaths of tenants), the Part 4 tenancy concerned shall not continue in being any longer than it would otherwise have continued in being had the first of those deaths not occurred.
1 [ (6) In respect of a dwelling the subject of a tenancy referred to in section 3(4) (inserted by section 3 of the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2015), a person to whom subsection (3)(a) applies shall not elect, under s ubsection (3)(b) , to become a tenant, or tenants, of such dwelling unless —
( a ) in the case of a dwelling referred to in section 3(4)(a) , he or she is a member of a household referred to in section 3(4)(a) , or
( b ) in the case of a dwelling referred to in section 3(4)(b) , he or she is a member of a household referred to in section 3(4)(b) . ]