UNPAID rent arrears amounting to more than £85,500 are to be written off by the council.
The move comes just weeks after it was announced Halton is still owed a staggering £1.2m in unpaid rent.
Of this, more than £550,000 is owed by former tenants, many of whom have now vanished from the area.
All but £8,000 of the £85,517 to be written off is owed by ex-tenants who have disappeared and have defeated all attempts to trace them by council chiefs.
More than £2,600 is owed by tenants who have died while £1,300 accounts for debts which are more than five years old and cannot be pursued by the courts.
A council spokesman said: 'The relatives or executors of the deceased tenants concerned have been contacted where possible. In these cases, there has been no estate or the relatives have been unable or unwilling to clear the arrears.
'Investigations in those cases deemed 'unable to trace' have proven fruitless. These investigations have included checking with the Housing Benefit and Council Tax sections. Cases have also been outsourced to private companies for tracing, without success.
'The debts described as uneconomical to pursue are all under £100. If pursued through the courts, there are fees and administration costs in the region of £80, which would be added to the debt with no guarantee of payment.'
Council chiefs claim that a change in policy is partly responsible for the increase in cash owed. Since 2002 court costs and bailiff fees have been recharged to tenant accounts.
Last November more than three-quarters of council tenants voted in favour of transferring from the council to Halton Housing Trust.
The 'yes' vote means Halton Housing Trust will spend about £129m on a programme of repairs and improvements for tenants' homes in the first 10 years after transfer.