Booking requiring me to pay previous owners bad debt
I've recently taken over a property which was run by my landlord as a hotel previously. I did not buy a business from someone else. I registered my new sole proprietership with the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce.
I registered my hotel on booking.com the other day and have just received an email from booking advising that someone running a business here previously owes them money and that until I pay that debt I cannot list my property on their platform.
I can understand if you buy a business you take on the debts - its part of the reason we did not buy a business. But why would I be responsible for the debts of someone who ran a completely separate business at this property - in this case it seems the people who owe them money left the property over 18 months ago.
i have provided booking with my documents confirming when the business was opened, and when I signed my lease. Is there anything else I can provide to confirm I hold no responsibility for the debt?