Re: management companies
From: Elizabeth Stevenson (
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 22:34:36 -0700 (MST)
I just want to make a quick statement that there are many groups who do all
this themselves, and do a fine job. It all depends on whether you have the
people who want to do it or not. It can definitely be done without hardship.

Liz Stevenson
Southside Park Cohousing
Sacramento, California

>From: "Rowenahc" <rowenahc [at]>
>To: Multiple recipients of list <cohousing-l [at]>
>Subject: RE: management companies
>Date: Thu, Jan 25, 2001, 4:01 PM

> What Eileen reports from Oak Creek Commons is very much the way we use a
> managment company at Cambridge Cohousing.  It is particularly important to
> get professional assistance in handling money - sending out bills,
> collections, making sure the taxes and the utilities are paid, etc.  You
> will find that no one in the community wants to be the one to dun the late
> payers!  A good management company will have automated systems for taking
> care of all this stuff.
> You can negotiate just how much you want the company to do.  For instance,
> we chose to do our own trash and recycling chores, landscaping and snow
> removal on internal paths.  The managment company takes care of minor chores
> automatically but when there are major expenditures to be made these are
> discussed in the regular monthly meeting the company representative has with
> our Managing Board, which in turn gets consensus from the residents.  You
> can work out your own mix.
> The management company has no business being involved in establishing rules
> and regulations!

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