Help with accommodation fees

Since my daughter started uni last year, i found out my husband has having an affair and he has now left. My daughter has decided uni isn't for her and come back home. However the student accommodation was obviously booked for a year and there's still an outstanding amount of over £3000😭i understand as the guarantor i am now liable for this as my daughter is not working she is looking to get a job asap. However the household income has decreased massively and im now a single parent to a 9 year old as well (i get universal credit to top up wages and am waiting for child maintenance to be sorted) I rang unite accommodation but they said it needs to be paid by July, im waiting on the finance department to get back to me as i said this is going to be almost impossible. Does anyone have any advice or stories of hope at all as im currently feeling really worried on top of everything else. I am willing to pay it and hopefully my daughter will be working soon so can contribute too but i just need much longer than they are saying. She has tried to get someone to take over the tenancy but had no luck. 😭😭Please tell me there is something we can do. 

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  • silvercarsilvercar Forumite, Ambassador
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    Your daughter's student loan/ grant will continue to be paid until she withdraws from university. I think you need a discussion with her as to the best time for her to withdraw, it sounds like she will need those funds to pay her rent liability to unite.
    Try the benefits board for advice, I'm not sure of the rules, but it maybe your daughter will be entitled to benefits until she finds a job. Also your (ex-) husband could contribute to his daughter's costs.
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