Compulsory Purchase of Empty Homes (2)

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

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Photo of Sem Moema Sem Moema Labour

Do you believe that Government should empower councils to make it easier for them to compulsory purchase empty homes to bring them back into use?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Yes. Government should adequately resource councils to support the greater use of Compulsory Purchase Order powers (CPOs). The greatest prize will be obtained through ambitious land assembly to build more affordable homes, but councils also need the tools to explore opportunities that arise from the acquisition of empty homes.  The government also needs to ensure fair land compensation close to existing use value and streamline and quicken the CPO process.