Three of Britain’s biggest care home operators still charge residents’ families for more than three days after death, despite the competitions watchdog warning such terms are unfair.

In its advice for care home providers published on Friday, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) warned that operators should not charge fees for “an extended period” after a resident dies.

Many care home companies do charge for a short period after a resident’s death to cover the time a room must be kept empty to be cleaned. But the CMA’s new rules suggest that anything longer than three days could be deemed unfair under consumer law, making the clauses unenforceable.

Companies were made aware new rules would…

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