I am sorry for your family's loss.
The tenant's estate is the owner of the lease, and the executor of the estate would normally decide how to proceed. Normally the executor will negotiate with the landlord, setting a date to get in to clean out the property. If the estate is insolvent (debt exceeds assets) often times no one will initiate probate (there is no legal requirement for a person to serve as executor, so for insolvent estates, often a debtor will initiate probate so they can liquidate assets in order to recover enough money to satisfy the obligation owed to that creditor).
The landlord is supposed to deny entry to everyone except the executor. If there is no executor, and probate will not be opened, then the landlord would have to, at their own expense (using the security deposit) clean out the apartment.
Now, if someone co-signed, the co-signor can be sued for this, but otherwise a relative does not have an obligation.
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