"Landlords can't be allowed to sit on properties," said Cllr Fergal Browne as local representatives agreed for Carlow County Council to carry out an "extensive report" into vacant houses.
Cllr Adrienne Wallace tabled a motion at Thursday's meeting of Carlow Municipal District which called on the Council to "conduct an extensive report into the number of vacant homes in Carlow".
The motion added: "This report should build on any data already available with regards vacant or idle homes in Carlow.
"It should explore any difficulties arising with regards enacting Compulsory Purchase Orders and Vacant Site Levies and lay-out solutions to overcome these obstacles.
"The report, where possible, should also look at how other local authorities like Louth County Council, were able to effectively use CPOs and vacant site levies to bring more social housing on stream.
"The report should be concluded in a timely fashion."
Members agreed to pass the motion at Thursday's meeting.