The body of a man believed to be dead for more than five years has been found in a Bristol flat where a council tenant continued to live.
The corpse was discovered by council workers on a sofa in the lounge after neighbours reported a foul smell.
The deceased man, believed to be in his 70s, was the tenant's former lodger at the flat in Bedminster.
It is thought the tenant failed to report the death because he suffers from mental health problems.
An inquest is due to open later.
The tenant, also in his 70s, was initially arrested in connection with the discovery, but was later bailed. Police are no longer treating the death as suspicious.
Bristol City Council has launched an internal inquiry to establish how the corpse went unnoticed for so long and how much council tax he owes.
A spokesman said: "We were alerted to the body after we received reports of a smell.
"We are shocked and concerned by this discovery and are carrying out an urgent internal review of the circumstances of the tenant.
"A police investigation is ongoing, and it would be inappropriate to comment further while this is taking place."
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