My friend moved into a new council flat earlier this year, after years of hell with drug dealers etc where she previously lived. I know it needed a lot of decorating doing, that has taken a year to do because of a lack of funds, but I didn't quite appreciate the state the flat was in when she was handed the keys. Basically the previous tenants had been druggies who trashed the flat. Whilst the council made good missing or damaged items like doors and electrics, they basically gave her an allowance for paint and told her to get on with it. So far that is fine as there are council cut backs and it gave her the choice of colour scheme. However this flat had sh*t smeared all over the walls and ceilings which my friend had to clean herself. Surely the council had a duty of care to at least clean the place so it was habitable so my friend wasn't exposed to hazardous waste, never mind the extra nasties that could be in the waste of a druggie. She is quite vulnerable and had I known what she had to do, I would have kicked merry hell with the council, or are my expectations too high?