Re: Re: Use of Common Space
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2005 07:21:17 -0700 (PDT)

On Sep 16, 2005, at 7:31 PM, OCC611ng wrote:

    If we use the argument that anything required of the community for
upkeep of these facilities requires payment from the people using them, then there is likely no double standard. In fact, that will be the reasoning I
intend to follow in setting policy on private-use areas.

This is a difficult argument since nothing is required to keep up private unit interiors either and those are all included in the basic percentage interest condo fee.

The parking spaces and backyards are not really equivalent spaces. A parking space can be reassigned at any point and is a space that could be rented to anyone inside or outside the community. The community could also decide to convert the parking spaces to a basketball court. Renting them, rather than signing over rights to them or just allowing them to be used, preserves this option.

A back yard is not going to be used or assigned to anyone but that unit. If it is left open, it provides a sense of spaciousness to everyone. Fenced, it gives the whole area a much different feel. Think about retrofit cohousing where the creation of the community came from taking down backyard fences.

It sounds like your community does not have a clear standard for apportioning common and limited common space. The most accepted principle is that people pay in proportion to the space they have the right to occupy on an exclusive basis.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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