Re: Non Participating Households
From: lilbert (
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 17:26:20 -0600 (MDT)
We got tired of certain households not doing their share, and finally came
up with a plan. Those who don't put do their agreed-upon tasks get charged
for it. We figured that there was a financial loss for us when we had to pay
to get things done because not everybody was participating. I find that very
reasonable. It is a self-managed condo, and there is a cost to
non-participation. But the policy was very unpopular with a vocal minority,
and it was dropped.

But we have not had a case where a family formally stopped participating and
didn't leave. I think you are well within your rights to charge them more
money. Maybe it will cause bad feelings, but what the hey-they agreed to be
a part of the community, and they are reneging on the deal. I'd be plenty
mad if they didn't leave. I say, make them want to.

Liz Stevenson
Southside Park Cohousing
Sacramento, California

>From: Zev Paiss <zpaiss [at]>
>To: Multiple recipients of list <cohousing-l [at]>
>Subject: Non Participating Households
>Date: Mon, Jul 31, 2000, 3:36 PM

> Hello,
> In our community there is a one-person household who formally withdrew
> their involvement from the community this past weekend. In reality they
> have not participated in a positive way for some time.
> Because we are in a very small community the effect of having one
> household out of 11 no longer participating is a BIG DEAL.
> Do any of you have suggestions about how to encourage this person to
> move on and sell their home to new people who are interested and
> committed to being involved with the community?
> Thanks for you responses,
> Zev

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