Japan is experiencing a real estate situation common to many other countries; the number of empty or abandoned homes has grown exponentially in recent years. At the root of the problem is the fact that the last generations, who have inherited properties from relatives, can not bear the costs of maintaining another property.
Many cities in the Rising Sun, however, have already begun to make sure that many of the uninhabited houses are once again owned by someone. Such as? Giving it away for free or at any advantageous prices.
To prevent many of the uninhabited houses from falling into disrepair, Japan is introducing a program to try to reduce their number by giving it away for free, or at very cheap prices.
If homes are in poor condition, you can also draw on restructuring funds.
According to the latest report of the Japan Times, there are 8 million empty houses in Japan, a quarter of which is neither for sale nor for rent. In Tokyo, for example, out of ten houses, more than one is uninhabited; a very high percentage, which far exceeds the situation in other cities such as New York and London.
Part of the problem stems from the high costs of maintaining homes, so that those who inherit them are unable to bear the costs; so they end up being abandoned to themselves, covered with dust and vegetation. In addition, the latest statistics reveal that the Japanese population is increasingly slow to build a family of its own, thus being lacking the urgency to find a home in which to live.
There is another factor that helps to keep some houses empty; superstition, which is deeply felt in Japan. If a house is considered able to bring bad luck, because maybe unpleasant events have taken place inside it, people refuse to enter it.
For this last point there is little to do, but the idea of lowering house prices - making them in some cases free - seems to be an effective solution to the problem of empty houses.
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Even in our country there are houses, some of them also of value, which are in a complete state of abandonment, just because the taxes on the houses are prohibitive for many: would not such a provision be useful?