Re: Consulting fee assessments
From: Rob Sandelin (
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 94 14:45:48 PST
If someone leaves the group how much, if any, of their money is 
refunded? And does any of this count toward downpayment on mortgages or 
are you not dealing with commercial banks?

Also, what sort of legal agreement do you have, if any, which defines 
how money is to be used?
From: Nancy Wight  <netmail!wight [at]>
To: Rob Sandelin
Subject: Re: Consulting fee assessments
Date: Wednesday, January 12, 1994 4:32PM

Our group initially had membership dues (I don't remember exactly how much)
out of which came minor expenses.  When a major expense, such as hiring
a consultant came up, we assessed each household in the following manner:
the fee was divided up equally amongst all of the households, except
if a houshold had only one adult, in which case the fee was 75% of what
the other housholds paid.  This seemed to work fine for awhile because
once we started paying serious money, every cent of it counted towards the
price of the development. On the final day of "reckoning", after a formula
is worked out on the actual house prices, all of the money a household has
put in will count towards that household's own house and share of common
expenses.  This means that while initially, single adult households paid 75%
of what the other households paid, that percentage may change in the end,
depending on the house pricing formula, when all of the expenses are 
divided up.

The future members will in effect end up paying for their share of almost
everything the group has spent on the development.  This seems only fair,
because future members get the benefits of the financial risk (not to mention
the time invested!) of the initial members.

This has worked for us so far, but I see problems in the near future as
we try to figure out a fair house price formula.  Maybe all we did was
delay that extremely difficult and complicated decision until we had
to make it!

Good Luck!

- Nancy

> We at Tucson co-housing are having a rather rousing discussion 
concerning the assessment of fees for a consultant we are bring ing to 
town.  Does anyone have any experience in this.  Did you assess by 
household or by a per person basis?
> what about future participoanyts
> ?
> what about future houshold members?
> It's a hot debate and we need some input.
> Thanks.
> Gregg (smithmcc [at]
> P.s
> .
> Thanks for the input on Limited equity.  I think it will help a great deal.


Nancy Wight                 (508) 659-4974
                           wight [at]

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