Advice for those looking to privately rent There is a good supply of accommodation being provided by private sector landlords in the district. Advice for private tenants Our primary aim is to try to ensure that private sector residents are living in accommodation that is well maintained, safe and warm. Empty properties Under the Housing Act 2004, local authorities can, in certain circumstances, take over the management of properties that have been left empty for over six months. Houses in multiple occupation (HMO) We are keen to work with owners and landlords to reduce the risks associated with houses in multiple occupation Private sector housing enforcement We are responsible for making sure that housing in the area is safe and suitable to live in. Avoiding condensation and mould in your home Advice on avoiding condensation and mould in your home, and what to do if it occurs.