Re: Off limits
From: Dave and Diane (
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006 06:41:30 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all you cohousers, out there,

As with most advice on cohousing-L, I would add the caveat "your mileage may vary." We were not able to do as Rob advised because we are a condominium association and if we had done as Rob suggests below we would not have been able to obtain a master insurance policy. However, Rob lives in a lot-development model cohousing community and probably does not have this problem. I would suggest that you decide on your ownership model first and then adopt policies that allow you to obtain the necessary insurance under that form of ownership. Sometimes this cuts into the "dream" of what you are trying to build together, but it's better to find this out sooner rather than later.

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On Mon, 2 Oct 2006, at 06:16 AM, Rob Sandelin wrote:

You are well intentioned but I think you are putting the cart before the horse. Move in and live together for awhile, then figure out what, if any
problems you might have. Remember, it might actually be possible that
parents will make intelligent choices involving their kids and so policies
are not needed. I doubt most if any parents will want their kids
unsupervised in a shop unless their kids are pretty responsible or
experienced. Why not let parents decide rather than some group policy? Then, if parents make bad choices, then you can always create a policy as needed.
My advice is common sense works most the time much better than policies

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