Re: Senior Cohousing / rental / http
From: fran . levin (
Date: Sat, 9 May 2009 07:56:32 -0700 (PDT)
I hope that we can re-think the rental concept. I am a senior and have been 
involved in co-housing for many years, part of a group that has been "forming." 
 It recently became clear to me that rental is my only option and am on the 
waiting list at Elderspirit in Abingdon, VA, and searching out other long term 
co-housing rentals.  I would definitely be involved n any community where I 
reside.  There must be others in the same situation.

fran levin

----- Original Message -----

From: Sharon Villines 

To: Cohousing-L 

Sent: Sat, 9 May 2009 13:07:15 +0000 (UTC)

Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Senior Cohousing / rental / http

On May 9, 2009, at 8:36 AM, Fred H Olson wrote:

> But "rental" can just mean someone other than the occupant owns

> the unit. Are there communities that require owner occupancy?

We require that units not be owned for "investment purposes" and we  

limit leasing of units to 3 years.

Part of the reason for this is absentee owners. Owners are by law part  

of our decision-making process. They need to be involved with the  

community if they are going to participate in decisions about how  

residents live. How does an absentee owner participate in consensus?  

In some crucial areas, their aim won't be the same as that of residents.

On the whole, with one exception, those leasing units have been  

involved with the community -- but we also have had very few instances  

to compare.

I think if someone in the community were to buy a unit to rent, the  

restriction on rentals would be waived. The problem is absentee owners  

-- however well intended they are.



Sharon Villines

Takoma Village Cohousing,Washington DC


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