Mafikeng - A North West man went to fetch his belongings from a house he rented last year, only to find his landlord dead in a bedroom, police said on Monday.

He had last seen his landlord alive in June, said Captain Amanda Funani.

“When he came back last year December, he went to look for the (landlord) and could not find him at his home,” she said.

“(On Sunday), he went to one of the landlord's relatives, who granted him permission to go and fetch his belongings.”

There was a bad smell in the house when he opened the door, said Funani.

The man then went to the bedroom used by the landlord and discovered a decomposed body inside.

“The police were summoned and it is suspected that the remains might be that of the 65-year-old landlord,” said Funani.

“According to information from the deceased's neighbours, the man was last seen in July 2012.”

He had not been reported missing. - Sapa