carports in cohousing
From: Elana (
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 07:56:07 -0800 (PST)
In our case at Westwood Cohousing Community in Asheville, NC, our carports
are on common land, not private land, and they are considered "Limited
Common Elements" which means that the people who use them pay for their use,
not for owning them. A carport can easily be transferred to another resident
and payment for it goes from the new user to the old user. In addition, each
current user makes a small maintenance-and-replacement payment to the
Homeowners Association as part of his/her monthly assessment to cover the
longer term costs of taking care of the carport and eventually replacing it.


--Elana Kann




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Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2010 07:11:57 -0500

From: Brian Tremback <brian.tremback [at]>

Subject: [C-L]_ Carports in cohousing

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I'm a resident of Burlington Cohousing in Vermont. We completed construction
of all 31 of our new homes about 2 years ago. The construction did not
include carports, though they were part of the original plan. Subsequently,
twelve owners used private funds to construct 12 of the 30 planned carports
in the space allotted for them. Although there are no immediate plans to
build more, we anticipate future construction of additional carports,
financed by other residents.


 We're looking for legal models for dealing with carports. We would like to
preserve each person's investment in the structure. For example, if someone
no longer needs a carport, they could recover their investment if they
transferred the carport to another resident. Does anyone have any experience
with this issue?



Brian Tremback

Burlington Cohousing

Burlington, VT


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