Re: Non Participating Households
From: lilbert (
Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2000 18:36:59 -0600 (MDT)
>From: Jim King <jimk [at]>
>To: Multiple recipients of list <cohousing-l [at]>
>Subject: Re: Non Participating Households
>Date: Mon, Jul 31, 2000, 10:51 PM
 My group
> is still in the formation stages, but we realized early on that we needed
> guidelines in our bylaws and in the association contracts that everybody
> signs that have reasons for kicking people out.
> The reasons for such go in both directions -- we wanted to be sure that if
> someone stopped pulling their share we could get rid of them and get
> someone in who would.

 Once it's in the bylaws and
> people sign off on it they are legally obligated to adhere to it, and
> you've got another way to get rid of someone who shirks.
>  Jim
>  IBC Co-op in Los Angeles

I've seen many people on this list say things like, "We thought of that,
it's in the bylaws, so we won't have to go through what you did." I think
you're kidding yourself. {Imagine me saying this in the nicest way

I know that laws vary from state to state, but I think that you'll find it's
much easier to kick someone out of an organization than their home. I don't
think there is any legal way to do that. And you will also find that rules
are good as a starting place for behavior, but there will be many situations
that don't fit the rules. If it were that simple, we wouldn't need this

Liz Stevenson
Southside Park Cohousing
Sacramento, California

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