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Hi, I am afraid that legally, you, as the owner of the Leasehold interest are responsible for any outstanding service charge or ground rent and the Freeholder is entitled to seek payment from you, even if your Seller had agreed to clear the debt and was the owner at the time these s20 works were carried out. If your Seller agreed to clear this debt and this was agreed via the Solicitors at the time, all I can suggest is that you go back to your Solicitor and get his view on this subject- I don't know exactly what was agreed at the time of your purchase, but if the arrears were discussed by the Solicitors and the amount of arrears of service charge were known, then your Solicitor should have obtained an assurance from the Seller's Solicitor that these arrears would be cleared on completion.
I hope this assists and sets out the general legal position.
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