Did your solicitor ask for the up-to-date service charge receipt from the seller or the management company/freeholder?
If not, then you have a claim against the solicitor in negligence.
If he did and the account was shown as up-to-date, then I can’t see why they are chasing you.
If the solicitor didn’t, then you are under a liability to discharge this and then seek it from the previous owner. It is your liability now because you buy the property with its liabilities. You need to take this up with your solicitor that dealt with the purchase.
It is common for the leaseholders to refuse consent to register a property until such time as any service charge arrears are up-to-date. It is a very common tactic.
If he won’t pay, then you have no alternative but to sue him in the Small Claims Court www.moneyclaim.gov.uk
Incidentally, if there was no service charge receipt, or no proof that the service charge had been paid, your solicitor should have kept a substantial amount of retention money back to pay the service charge in circumstances like this.
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