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I am renting a house in Helensburgh under a short term assured

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I am renting a house in Helensburgh under a short term assured tenancy agreement with Clyde Property at a rent of £1200 per month. On 23rd January the central heating failed and I have no heating downstairs and minimal upstairs. Despite numerous promises from the agent it still has not been fixed 31 days later. I would like to know what legal action is available to me.
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The landlord must keep the property to a minimum standard of repair and heating is a priority.
Phone Clyde tomorrow. Tell them you have taken advice. Tell them that they have several choices.
1. To repair the heating within 24 hours, or else,
2. You will withhold your rent and at the same time submit a claim to the Private Rental Housing Panel which has the power to investigate, suspend the rent and make an order for repairs, compensation etc. You can also tell them that you will also file a report with the Landlord Registration Department of West Dunbartonshore Council. Both in respect of the landlord and Clyde as the agent
This should worry Clyde enough to get something done. You should look up the Private Rented Housing Panel online. They are the ones who will force action if that is necessary.
Confirm all of this with Clyde in writing.
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