Re: New Neighbourhoods or dismissing "abandoned" houses...
I think that if turbine is going to let houses sit vacant for extended periods of time and not return the abandoned homes back to the market for other players, then then need to do away with up keep costs.
What is the point of paying weekly up keep to keep my house, if I could just stop paying it and still have the spot reserved for my toons? I think it is a privilege to have a house to decorate. I pay for that privilege every week with in game currency. If I stopped paying, I'd expect after a reasonable period of time and warnings sent via in game mail to lose that house and allow someone else to purchase it and pay upkeep.
2 years seems above and beyond fair to me. It is almost half the life of the game itself! If these players come back - they can purchase another house if one is available. But I can see no good justifiable reason to keep these abandoned homes locked away from actively playing characters who would 1) pay the upkeep on them 2) actually use them. Turbine is effectively punishing actively playing characters by allowing non-playing accounts to hold on to houses.
That's how it works IRL right? If I up and stop paying my mortgage, after a period of time (a pretty long one actually), the bank comes in and takes over my house and sells it to someone else.
Free up the abandoned houses and support the players who actually support the game. Seems fair to me.
At home on Nimrodel for 4 years.
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