Not surprisingly many tenants are bemused as rents continue to rise while maintenance standards on estates fall.
Council tenants have faced a 28% increase in rent levels over the last 5 years.
The York Council is expected to have a £15 million surplus balance on its housing account at the end of this year.
Yet little has been invested in improvements and communal areas are too often targets for graffiti and dumping.
Weeks elapse before clean ups are arranged
Strangely the York Council housing department is the only part of the local authority which has seen no cuts at all in funding during the last 4 years yet service standards are declining.
There is little evidence that the Labour Councillors who are responsible for Council housing ever routinely visit estates to ensure that service standards are acceptable.