Compulsory Purchase of Empty Homes (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Sem Moema Sem Moema Labour

What support can you give to councils to help them compulsory purchase homes that have been long term empty?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Bringing empty homes back into use would make more homes available for Londoners and may contribute to improving affordability, although the number of additional homes needed to tackle the housing crisis is vastly greater than the number of long-term empty homes.

I continue to support reversing the coalition government’s changes to Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMO) so properties vacant for six months instead of two years can be issued with EDMOs. I support further increasing powers of local authorities over empty homes to discourage purchasers from buying properties in London with no intention of living in them or renting them out.