I can see what you mean there, too!.
These could be called Council houses, even though a Government Department administers them.
But they are still run to ruin by the tenants that inhabit them(apart from the Elderly), lots of bits of walls missing inside and broken windows and the complimentary 2-3 foot high lawn!.
Our local council does have Pensioner flats, but these are kept in Pristine condition by both the Council and the tenants, pride of place I suppose!.
Apparently, a lot of people that actually lived in these houses, were astonished that the old wires were still in the walls.
Problem is, most of these houses were all built around the same time, just after WWII and the wiring would have been pretty much shot at the time, less 3 years later!.
I can sort of imagine how these "re-wires" were done, with the ample use of PVC sleeving over the ends of the wires, where the insulation had crumbled off over time.
I've visited a few of these houses, after the odd kitchen fire or so forth and I could never work out how the fittings inside looked brand-new, but the switch-board was still the original Bakelite panel, in the Hallway of the house!.
BTW, the rquirement to have all Metering Equipment outside the house, came about because of one of these DoH houses, one day a Meterman from the PoCo, opened the locked door and made his way to the Hallway sw-bd,
only to find a fully grown Doberman at the other end of the Hall!.
Dogs were also banned from these houses too.