liability for rent arrears for succession tenant

Hello guys

Appreciating that this isn’t strictly welfare related, but is putting a tenancy at risk.

My friend is about to succeed a Council tenancy from her deceased mother. The council have said she is liable for her late mothers arrears. Now i appreciate that if she agreed to take arrears on as a condition of tenancy that would be a contractual agreement, but she hasn’t. She was just informed that she had to pay the arrears off having signed a tenancy agreement with no mention of this.

To my knowledge, debts can only be recovered where there is a liability to pay them, and if someone dies, liability ends, unless someone specifically agrees to take it on.

What are the thoughts of others?

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