Comment 21789

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted April 23, 2008 at 20:45:52

And of course, another option is the one taken by a large number of European Nations. Leave a building derelict (often for a set period of time, six or nine months for instance), and squatters can move in. If the building owners have development plans, then they must take legal actions to evict the squatters, much like they would a tenant.

As a result, many European cities (Amsterdam, Berlin or Geneva) have a host of low-income housing, restaurants, musical venues, bike shops, art studios/galleries and even movie theaters. Developers, understandably shaken by such actions, are often prone to "anti-squatting" measures...renting the building for next to nothing until their development plans come to fruition. Either way, buildings don't sit vacant, and people don't have to sleep on the streets.

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