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 tenant's responsibility is to make sure rent is paid in full, on time and in the manner agreed in the tenancy agreement.