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Did they know that she was signing up for a one-year flat and that if they cancelled, she would be stuck with paying the rent until a replacement was found or for the rest of the term of the rental agreement?
This consequential loss is also called “pure economic loss”.
Any such loss pursuant to breach of failure of a contract is only recoverable if it is “the contemplation of the parties”. Hence, they would need to know that your daughter was arranging accommodation specifically to take up this position and that if they withdrew the position, she would incur the loss in respect of the rent. In view of the fact that they offered to help her find somewhere if needed, I think they would struggle to say that they would not aware of that.
However if they will not take out their cheque book, daughter is faced with taking them to court for these losses and any losses pursuant to the breach of contract.
It depends whether she wants to go to that trouble or not. I think she has a reasonable chance of succeeding.
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