One of the major problems that the owners and managers of public housing estate are facing today concerns the recovery and reassignment of vacant flats. In relation to a strong growth in social demand for rented housing, the contraction of public spending on maintenance is generating a gradual increase in the percentage of unused public residential estate. To help overcome this deadlock, in recent years, the opening to self-recovery processes by tenants has been recurrently referred to as a possible operational solution. However, the inconsistency between the extent of the public and political debate on this issue, and the scarcity of self-recovery practices that have actually been started is significant. The essays present some of these experiences, with the aim of questioning their concrete conditions of effectiveness and replicability for public housing policies.
Keywords: Public housing; vacant flats; self-recove