The cold hearted ruling by Charnwood Borough Council, in Loughborough, has sickened grieving relatives.
They say they are being left to pick up rent bills from the local authority, charged to their loved ones after their deaths.
And the only way the charges can be avoided is if the dying person gives the council notice they will not be needing their home because they are four weeks away from death’s door.
Several relatives complained to the council about the ruling and were told ‘rules are rules’ and everyone must give a month’s notice of when they are to vacate a property – whether they are dead or not.
Grieving stepson Jim Seaton, of Ibstock, Leicestershire, was issued with one such bill 18 days after his stepdad, Raymond Smith, had died aged 80.
He said: “My stepfather passed away on March 1 of cancer. He was a good and honest man.
“But it was a shock when, after struggling with our grief, we then had to cope with being told he had to give one month’s notice on his council property.
“I asked the council, ‘How does a dead man give one month’s notice?’ But they told me, ‘Sorry rules are rules’.
“The council have no understanding of grief and loss and I find it unbelievable they can introduce this unfeeling, cold and calculated rule.”