Re: Renters, assoc. members & waiting: Finances?
From: Barbara & Mark Andre (
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 1999 09:32:32 -0600
In our community we have only one house that is rented. The renters are 
required to
pay HOA dues (although the house owner is ultimately responsible for payment). 
a home owner rents a room in their house, the dues for that household increase 
proportion to the number of residents.

Note our dues are based on four different areas: common expenses (divided 
among households), equivalent person expenses (divided among residents over the 
of 1 year), square footage expenses (divided among units based on size of unit),
and garage/carport expenses (paid only by those who have garages and carports). 
is the equivalent person expense that is affected by presence of renters. We 
set the dues once each year. Dues for each household don't change until the new
budget is set next year.

We have no associate members or waiting lists.

Ruth Chaet wrote:

> I would appreciate any input from other cohousing groups that have faced,
> and even solved this problem.  We have 3 renters who participate fully in
> meetings, sweat equity, community service.  Outside of payment for some
> utilities and meals, they pay nothing to the association.  If you have
> renters, do they pay any form of dues or fees for being part of your
> community?
> What kind of fee structure do you have for associate members, people who
> do not live in the community, but would like to participate in our
> activities and meals, including cooking and cleaning.  We do not have any
> facilities, such as a pool or tennis courts, to offer --only the Common
> House and whatever programs we have there.  There is a tax problem with
> serving meals to non members plus a legal problem, since we are not a
> restaurant and legally, can supply meals only to members and guests. So,
> do you have associate members, what are their fees, their
> responsibilities, and their commitment?
> If you have a waiting list, do the people on it pay a yearly fee,
> quarterly dues, etc?  Do you send them a quarterly bulletin?  Is the
> person who deals with the waiting list people given those fees or do they
> revert to the treasury?
> Hope some of you in cohousing land have faced some of these problems and
> have some suggestions.  I have checked the legal and tax aspects of "user
> fees" which would mean outsiders paying for the use of the Common House or
> eating at our common meals.  I can deal with those aspects of outsiders
> but not the other items above.
> Ruth Chaet <rchaet [at]>
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