I was looking at the Housing Survey for Bedford and it appears that this area has only 5% privately rented accommodation. This is a good thing for many reasons
It means that the area is not saturated with rental properties, and also if you were to buy to let that the property would rent quickly as the area is very popular and although demand is high , clearly supply not. We noticed this reasonably priced three bed in this very area which is a prime example. On the market with Northwood http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-51971287.html?premiumA=true if you were to rent it you could achieve anything from £875 per calendar month.