Shared equity homes empty due to crunch
The houses were built under the Scottish Government's "shared equity" programme, where would-be home buyers can take a stake of between 50 and 80 per cent, with the Government funding the rest.
Instead, she suggested: "Let's give the money to housing associations to build houses for people to rent."
Since 2006, a total of 226 new shared equity homes have been built in Edinburgh.
The 60 empty homes are made up of ten at West One, off Slateford Road; 13 at Harvesters Way, Wester Hailes; seven at Drum Street, Gilmerton; 14 at Thorntreeside, off Easter Road; and 16 in The Element at the Waterfront.
A government spokeswoman said the performance of all affordable housing programmes was kept under close review, particularly in the current housing market and economic conditions.