An unutterably sad window into a life … A man who committed suicide and whose body was left undiscovered in his flat in Kettering for more than two years had his lease forfeited by the landlord.
The man had led a reclusive life for some years following the death of his son in a cycling accident aged 12.
It was only when bailiffs broke into the property to enforce forfeiture that the dead man’s body was discovered.
The debts of the deceased were around £700, but the legal costs ramped up in obtaining forfeiture, which was granted in August 2018.
The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership managed to persuade the freeholder to hand over the proceeds of the flat to the dead man’s mother when it was eventually sold at auction for £65,000 last month. Combined legal and other costs accounted for £22,000.
The family chose to make a donation of £1,000 to LKP for its assistance in obtaining the repayment of the remainder.