Since the orders were first introduced in 2006, they have been used just 20 times because even the mendacious scumbags dare not to.
However Margaret Beckett, the Housing Minister (A horse! A horse! Who will rid us of this turbulent horse!), said she hoped that their use would increase as housing building has slowed in the recession.
She said: "I believe that with an increased focus and more consistent approach, we can bully and steal bring even more homes back into use.
"With house building slowing in the current challenging economic climate caused by Gordon Brown's ineptitude, that is more important than ever."
The new guidance could affect recently bereaved families, who might be delaying what to do about a deceased relative's property, or families who are trying to sell a house during the recession or just about anyone who was under the mistaken assumption that their property was in fact their property.
The Tories compared the crackdown with the fact that many "grace and favour" Government properties are not being used by Cabinet ministers and so totally muddies the water with a pathetic diversion into political point scoring, n and skimming over the far more serious issue of fundamental property rights.
Grant Shapps, shadow Housing minister, said some self-serving 'kwaffle: "It is the height of Labour hypocrisy to instruct town halls to use draconian powers to seize the homes of the recently deceased, while plush ministerial grace-and-favour homes lie empty in Whitehall."
Under the rules a home cannot be seized if the owner is in a care home, or away caring for someone. Nor can it be taken if the owner is a serviceman or woman away on duty, or if it is used as a holiday home cos that will upset the elite.
But if an owner has no Marxist legally-approved excuse for keeping a home empty, councils can demand it be put on the market. Otherwise they can take control and let it out to council tenants.
The seizure must be approved by a People's Revolutionary Residential Property Tribunal Collective and the rent is passed to the owner after the council has taken a massiveshare to cover its own bloatedcosts while no loss of value is compensated for.
There are currently nearly 300,000 privately-owned homes that have been empty for six months or more.
But there are also 80,000 empty local council and housing association dwellings.