I was rather dismissive of people’s concerns about housing given the game started. You’ll get some eventually as people leave and places go unpaid I said.
I saw the hackers and such claiming these lands without any contest, immediately upon them coming available and before the client was even aware. This went unpunished for a long time and while there were certain bans lately that went out it seems they missed a lot of these land moguls. The programs for this type of hack still work with impunity.