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A less romantic take on it… the owner could’ve died, and the family could’ve just left the house to rot. I know in my family it’s like a tradition to descend on the deceased’s house and sort through their things. Keep sentimental items, give what’s acceptable to charity, trash the rest.
For my great grandparents, they deteriorated so much they had to live with my grandparents. Their house was left for a whole year, unattended. There was always this tiny small glimmer of hope they would recover enough to live on their own, you know? Cleaning their house was too hard to do. They were only in their 80’s, but one had a stroke and one developed severe dementia pretty much overnight. Eventually, when they both died (within a few months of each other), we finally cleaned their house… it already looked really bad, after only one year, so we had to trash most things. To save money they turned off the heat, water, etc. When that happens and when swatters invite themselves in, plus the weather elements, things go bad very very quickly.
I can see how a house could be left if the next of kin (if there was any) didn’t want to take the time to go through a house.