Re: Would this resolve the abandoned houses issue?
You have to understand Turbine position on permanent house owneship:
1) It is customer requested change that Turbine agreed to make. Turbine does not consider permanent ownership a problem. Instead Turbine consider permanent house ownership a solution to serious customer complaints.
2) I do not get any indication that Turbine feels that any form of "taking customers personal houses" is something that needs adding to the game. I do not know what if anything will cause an attitude change for Turbine.
3) Even if we get an attitude change, housing is a completed feature. Turbine does not actively enhance, modify or change this feature. They are investing their development dollars into other aspects of the game.
Perhaps housing will get updates which might include this issue if someone makes a business case showing how Turbine make lots of dollars off of housing. I fought desperately against permanent house ownership. Good thing the forum reputation system did not exist at that time. I would have gotten a lot of negative reputation in addition the flames, the lets chase, trample and stop Yula into goo.
Unless stated otherwise, all content in this post is My Personal Opinion.