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It is good practice to cancel the old policy, but it is not something us Solicitors would waste a lot of time trying to do, and it is not essential that any old policy is cancelled (sometimes a new policy is issued because the Seller has for example lost all record of the existing policy, and hence a new policy is taken out and the old policy is not cancelled).
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Many thanks. Is this because of double insurance issues?
That is correct, although the claimant would be free to claim on either policy