Can New Landlords Collect Old Rent Arrears?

Can a new landlord who has recently acquired a residential property subject to a tenancy recover rent arrears due by the tenant to the former landlord/freeholder? Also, can the new landlord rely upon the former rent arrears to serve a rent arrears notice on the landlord?

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Preventing, Controlling and Recovering Rent Arrears

The contract-holder typically pays the rent into the landlord or agent's bank account. The written statement of the occupation contract should stipulate the method for which rent is payable and how it will be collected. The tenant should consent if the collection is done by regular visits to the property.