Re: Variations on low cost housing
From: Tim Mensch (
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 10:22:52 -0700 (PDT)
Marganne wrote:
In cohousing, when a unit sells or is rented, doesn't the community have some say about who moves in?
Legally, under most typical cohousing legal structures, no. Condos can be sold to anyone, and any restriction as to who you can sell to would be seen as a potentially discriminatory. Restricting whether you can rent units at all may be possible, but likely not WHO rents a unit, for the same reason.

You can offer recommendations in your seller disclosure packets--like that a potential buyer should meet with the community and understand what they're getting into. But the community can't have an official say in who moves in--if the legal structure is a condo, then the buyer has to make the choice, as I understand these things.

It's different if the community is structured as a co-op, but in that case I understand that it's much harder to get a loan--because how is the bank to know whether the community will ever approve a buyer?


Tim Mensch

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