|Survey on Maintaining the Commons||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 12:59:28 -0700 (PDT)|
Patricia McBroom, Pleasant Hill Cohousing, <patricia [at] phch.org> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> Please be careful to reply to her rather than to the list or to Fred. -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- TO THE COHOUSING COMMUNITY, We are seeking information regarding the management and maintenance of common property. In our third year of residence, we at Pleasant Hill Cohousing in California have discovered a need to know more about the legal and financial aspects of running a condominium than we anticipated. We are in the process of learning about such things as insurance liability, workers compensation, fiduciary responsibility and a host of maintenance issues, including the question: who is responsible for repairing the plumbing inside unit walls, the owner or the home owners? association? As a cohousing community, we differ from a normal condominium, so we cannot rely only on traditional condo experience for learning about these issues. Thus, we are surveying other cohousing communities for their experiences and decisions. With your answers to the seven questions listed below and those of other cohousing communities, we will create a data base for running a cohousing-type of condominium which we will be glad to share. Send your replies by email to <patricia [at] phch.org> or, by paper, to the address given below, and thank you very much for your help. Be sure to include your name, telephone number and E-mail address so we can share our results with you. Patricia McBroom Pleasant Hill Cohousing 2200 Lisa Lane Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 Telephone: 925-686-6806 MAINTAINING THE COMMONS - A SURVEY Name of Respondent_____________ Cohousing Community____________ City or state of community___________ Telephone number_____________ E-mail address________________ 1. For maintenance and/or repair work, please indicate the practice your community follows by checking the appropriate lines. In addition to volunteer work, does your community: ___pay one or more community members to repair or maintain common areas? ___hire a handyman from within the community to do repairs on common property? ___hire members for maintenance work that does not include repairs? ___hire only from outside sources for repair and maintenance? ___require that all paid repair people who work on common property be licensed? ___require that all paid repair people who work on common property carry insurance? ___have workmen?s compensation insurance? ___have workmen?s compensation that you believe covers volunteer workers? ___pay any members of the community for work other than repair and maintenance? If so, what kinds of paid work other than repairs? 2. If you use paid residents for maintenance work, have there been any significant problems as a result? If yes, please give brief description. ___yes ___no 3. Has your community ever sought professional legal advice, not including the initial formation of your organization prior to move-in? If yes, why? Was the information useful? ___yes ___no ___useful ___not useful 4. Who is responsible for repairing leaks and maintaining plumbing installed in the nonparty walls of individual units: ___ the residents ___ the home owner?s association? 5. Have members of your community had different interpretations of your CC&Rs or governing documents? How was the difference resolved? ___by getting legal advice ___by getting other professional consultation ___by rewriting the CC&Rs ___by other means 6. Do you conduct a reserve study every few years? ___yes ___no 7. Are you fully funded to the reserve study?s recommendations? ___yes ___no
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