RE: Rental policies
From: Faria, Sheryl (
Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2002 16:57:01 -0700 (MST)
I agree with Rob re: no point in spending energy on rental policies when you
are just forming. Perhaps a brief / general discussion as to whether you're
open to renters, and to what degree; but save the details for much later.

At Pleasant Hill Cohousing (eastern SF Bay Area, CA), we moved in last fall.
One of our members will be renting out a room in her place, so we've been
working on our renter policy.  We'd be interested in any input other may
have on the topic.

(I'll be searching the archives soon, but Gina's given me this opportunity
to ask!)

Sheryl Faria 
Pleasant Hill Cohousing
(eastern San Francisco Bay Area)

-----Original Message-----
From: Rob Sandelin [mailto:floriferous [at]]
Sent: Monday, March 04, 2002 8:36 PM
To: cohousing-l [at]
Subject: RE: [C-L]_Rental policies

>From how you introduced  yourself I made  an assumption that you do not have
land or a development project yet. If that is not the case, ignore the words

It is unclear to me why in the world, at your stage of existance, you are
messing with rental policies? This seems like really not a good use of your
group time. If you spend a bunch of energy in "might be" type discussions,
you have great potential to lose members over things which may never pass.
So until you are well into creating your unit designs I don't see why you
should be talking about policies of any kind, unless your goal is to narrow
the field of potential neighbors. So for example, if you don't want any
rentals, then a policy at this stage makes sense, but if its OK, then you
are better off NOT going into details until something like your final group
is in place, and this will not happen until Mortgages are approved, which is
almost when the building is done.

Rob Sandelin

-----Original Message-----
From: cohousing-l-admin [at]
[mailto:cohousing-l-admin [at]]On Behalf Of Gina Campbell
Sent: Monday, March 04, 2002 9:32 AM
To: cohousing-l [at]
Subject: [C-L]_Rental policies

I'm a member of Stone Curves, Tucson's newest cohousing community.  We
are in the forming stage, and are 12 households strong.  We will have 48
households on 5.1 acres.

We are in the process of formulating a rental policy, and I was
wondering if anyone would be willing to share theirs.  I don't know if
any communities have their rental policies posted on their web sites.

Some questions to consider:
1.  Do renters pay association fees?
2.  Must renters agree to attend meetings and participate in community?
3.  Does your community allow cohousing swaps:  for example, someone
living in Australia exchanges their unit with a unit in Tucson for a
period of three months?

Thanks for your assistance.

Gina Emanuel
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