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I have renamed my modern team site from "abc" to "xyz" and everything is working fine. But when I try to rename another site "def" to "abc", it does not allow me to do so and says Site Name not available.

I need to reuse the name "abc". Is there any specific time period till the old name gets "Locked" ? or the old name can never be used again?

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The renaming is nothing but a hidden redirect. you site is not actually renamed it stays as it is but you are just redirected to new URL. if you want to remove redirect using Remove-SPOSite cmdlet there are few steps you can follow. Refer link below

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/manage-site-redirects

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  • Thank you! That worked!
    – 404
    Oct 1 '20 at 13:03

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