This is getting to be pretty ridiculous finding a neighborhood with friends. One person i know has been gone almost a year and a half and won't be coming back and his house is STILL there.. was purpose does that serve other than clogging up neighborhoods and not allowing people to have new locations (if they want) or move into a neighborhood near friends? I'm assuming others have ran in to this problem as well.
I honestly don't know why after say a year (which is PLENTY of time) the house is put back onto the market for sale and other people can buy it. There's more reasons to have owners deleted than i posted but that's pretty much the main things. Maybe something to consider in the future please Turbine?