Private sector housing is a service area that works with the private rented sector to improve housing conditions for occupying tenants.
The main area of work involves housing that is rented from a private landlord and includes family homes, flats, bedsits, shared houses and hostels.
There are minimum standards that apply to all housing. The aim of such standards is to ensure homes are safe to live in, warm, energy efficient and do not cause harm or illness to the occupiers. The Housing Act 2004 gives powers to Local Housing Authorities (in this area Bedford Borough Council) to enforce these minimum standards.
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