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My daughter was at University until the beginning of 2012 when

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My daughter was at University until the beginning of 2012 when she had to withdraw from her course due to health reasons. She was living in halls and was up to date with her rent. This week she has received a letter from the University's finance department saying that she owes nearly £1500 for rent that was due on May 7th 2012. plus a clean up bill for the shared house that she lived in dated September 2012, and late payment fees.
The University stated in the letter that they had tried to contact her before via letter and email but she has not changed her email address and we have not changed address. This is the first contact they have had with my daughter. Are they allowed to make this demand over three years after she left?
I would be grateful for any insight that you can offer.
Joanne
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jenny replied 2 years ago.
Hello my name is ***** ***** I am happy to help you today.
Are you saying this is the first you have heard from the university about this?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Yes. this is absolutely the first time.

Expert:  Jenny replied 2 years ago.
Ok thanks, ***** ***** period for bringing a claim in breach of contract is 6 years so if they can demonstrate that your daughter was in breach of contract by failing to pay the accommodation fees and/ or the cleaning fee then the fact that they have not raised it for 3 years does not prevent them from taking action in the event she does not pay.
There is nothing to stop you from querying whether the contract obliges her to pay and also complaining about the length of time/ lack of communication.
If contractually they are correct though and issue proceedings then she will be best advised to pay it.
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