If a deceased person who is a lease holder on a flat has debts to the landlord, can those debts be transferred to those who inherit the estate after the closing of probate?
Legally, is the inheriting party a new owner of the flat with a new relationship to the landlord, or is there a continuity of the relationship?
In this scenario solicitors for the estate contacted the landlord, established and paid any known outstanding debts to the landlord and then probate was completed and the assets were distributed.
Later, new debts were "discovered" by the landlord and then applied retrospectively to the account of the party that inherited the flat. Do the party that inherited the flat owe the newly discovered debts.
I understand that asking about specific real world scenarios is off topic, so this section is arguably irrelevant, but in the real world scenario the origin of these debts is suspicious and so I don't feel like we are trying to wriggle out of debts legitimately owed; other owners of flats in the same building have no memory of this charge from the time, nor do the contractors who supposedly did the work. But all of that becomes irrelevant if the charges aren't payable even if legitimate.