|Re: Renters||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Kevin Wolf (kjwolfdcn.davis.ca.us)|
|Date: Sun, 1 Feb 1998 17:48:36 -0600|
At 08:19 AM 2/1/98 -0600, Ed Cynewski wrote: >In the breif time that I've been subbed to the list, I've noticed that >renters are the exception rather than the norm in Cohousing communities. >Any feedback about experience with renters in this type of housing would >be much appreciated. Ed Almost every house in the N Street community started as a rental. This neighborhood was and is known as having among the lowest rental rates in town, the most student rentals and least number of owner occupied homes. Startiug here allowed us to have many lower income people be part of the community. Six of the houses in the community were bought from their landlords by tenants in the community. By negotiating directly with the owner and not through a real estate agency, our community members cut an average of 3% off the house price. Five of the houses in the community are still rentals. The cost per room in these houses are among the lowest in town. The landlords seem to be willing to keep the prices lower because they know they have a good deal in no tenant problems, lost rent etc. We haven't done a study of it but I wouldn't be surprised if over the last ten years, especially during the first 5) N Street has had among the lowest average adult income of any co-housing community. (This not so true now that more of us have moved up in our professions, and we don't have as many students.) It seems intuitive that by going the retrofit route in a lower income housing part of town, there is a much better chance of having the cohousing community be composed of lower income people. Kevin Kevin Wolf & Associates - Consensus Facilitation 724 N Street - Strategic and Watershed Davis, CA 95616 planning kjwolf [at] dcn.davis.ca.us - Internet development Phone 530-758-4211 - Stanislaus Stakeholder proccess Fax 530-758-2338 http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/go/kjwolf
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