Saturday, January 06, 2018

Redbridge’s Empty Homes

A recent Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed that there are 559 homes in Redbridge that have been left empty for 6 months or more, with 80 having been empty for two years or more, 25 for five years or more, and five have stood empty for at least ten years.

The research by the Liberal Democrats also highlights that Redbridge Council have powers via “Empty Dwelling Management Orders” (EDMOs) that can be used by local authorities to take over properties that have been empty for at least six months.

Councillor Gwyneth Deakins, Leader of the three Redbridge Liberal Democrat councillors said: “With such a shortage of homes in Redbridge, as elsewhere in London, it is concerning that the Council do not seem to have got to grips with the problem of empty homes.

“These homes could be turned into affordable places to live for those that need it across Redbridge. I will be asking the Council why they have failed to use the powers that are available to them to end this scandal.”

However, we do not know how many EDMOs Redbridge council have put into action over the last 5-10 years, how many are in the pipeline, or how long it takes to execute an EDMO. Perhaps the Liberal Democrats should have asked those questions too?

Maybe the Cabinet Member for Housing could tell us. We will ask, stayed tuned.


  1. There is an error & an omission, the property must be empty for at least 2 years not 6 months, usually in disrepair & many other conditions. So not as wide ranging or easy as Deakins would have you think.

  2. Kam has outlined the basic issues. The Lib Dems have also failed to mention that we’ve identified this as something that we will prioritise over the next 5 years in the new Housing Strategy. I am not complacent about the housing crisis and will use every tool available to me.