Bohdan's suggestion sounds like a workable combination of the good points from each camp. I think and I'm pretty sure most would agree, it is, after all, what Wurm is all about, new people do want to create their own place, from scratch, feels more like home then but also, when they turn up with a cart containing their lifelong toils, a secure place to stay for the short term, while they check out the possibilities, is very handy. Perhaps a couple maybe just one, 1x1s. Cuts down on maintenance.
One point I would like to raise again, is the suggestion of each villager taking responsibility, for the checking of at the very least, for a number of structure(s) and maybe reporting the checked date on the Village Maintenance thread, though maybe multiple people can't be given access to edit the original post. Maybe a link to a Google doc in it. It does seem as though maintenance is falling to just 1 or 2 people, from what I've read. Mind you, my problem is REMEMBERING to do the checking
Keeping the new impetus provided by Mibeshu and Donbar going, perhaps now is the time to lay down some more formal, forcable village membership rules, regulations, conditions, whatever you want to call them.
Barbaresco the Worried.