COUNCIL house tenants in Kirklees racked up more than £1.5m in unpaid rent in the last year.
But that figure was a significant improvement on the year before.
A report to the board of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) revealed tenants were £1,532,037 in arrears at the end of the financial year 2006-07.
The figure was more than £120,000 down on the total of £1,659,538 for the previous year.
And it was £147,963 better than KNH's target figure of £1.68m.
KNH's principal manager for rent Dave Bennett said the figure was down for the fifth year in a row.
He said: "We started five years ago with a figure of about £4m.
"We have seen a year- on-year reduction since then. It's an improving picture.
"The Government monitors rent arrears as a key performance indicator.
"It's a job well done so far, but there's plenty more to do."
Mr Bennett said there was a "carrot and stick" approach to people who failed to pay their rent.
He said: "We have a legal process that we have to follow, which goes from contacting tenants by letter through to serving notice of court proceedings.
"We have officers who are responsible for monitoring the situation and contacting tenants who are in arrears to find out why and help them resolve the issue.
"And there are incentives for people who pay their rent every week – at the end of the year all those people get put into a draw for the chance to get a trip away."