Urban desertification, such as the underuse or closure of thousands of vacant apartments and offices, which if addressed could meet the needs of millions of families, disadvantaged persons and small construction firms and potentially constitute a test bed for public policies in Italy. Why not investigate the causes of this original form of urban desertification in Italy? There are basically three reasons: the lack of confidence in a property market with no certain rules; fear of losing a valuable asset forever (the fault of tenants in arrears that can’t be evicted). And a third - which concerns offices - which arises from the lack of demand from service industries and from the absurd rigidity of the regulations governing use, which prohibit different and mixed uses (work and residence) in place of desks and open spaces.
Keywords: Urban desertification; vacant rented market; creative recovery