Councillor Andrew Cregan called on the Council this week to use existing power to bring empty homes into use, after a Liberal Democrat Freedom of Information Request discovered that 500 homes across Tower Hamlets have sat empty for more than 6 months, and 117 have sat empty for two years or more.
In addition, 9 of these homes have sat empty for the last 10 years.
The Labour run council has failed to even once make use of Empty Dwelling Management Orders, which grant local authorities the powers to take over properties that have sat empty for two years or more.
In his speech in the council chamber, Councillor Cregan said:
"This is despite that fact that some local families have spent Christmas without a home. And at a time when the homelessness crisis is worsening, and more and more people are sleeping outside and on the streets, it is a scandal that so many homes locally are sitting empty.
"All of those homes could have been turned into affordable places to live for those who need it across the borough.