|Re: Guest room policies?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Bonnie Fergusson (fergyb2yahoo.com)|
|Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 16:52:38 -0700 (PDT)|
Dear Marty, Our Guest Room Policies have evolved over time and the current version is: 1. Owners may sign up for the guest room on our main calendar for up to 10 days in a row and not more than 6 months in advance. 2. The owner who signs up for the guest room is the host and has the ultimate responsibility for orienting the guest to our rules (we have a 1 page sheet printed up which folk can use for that purpose), paying any applicable fees, and seeing that the guest room is clean and the sheets and towels which were used are washed, dryed, and put away before the next guest is due to arrive. 3. The first 3 days that any owner uses the guest room in a given year are free and any use over that is charged at the rate of $10 per day for personal guests. 4. We also host Community guests, which are generally cohousers or people interested in cohousing who contact us requesting to stay. These guests are charged $20 per night and are hosted by the our "Concierge" who is the community member in charge of the guest room. The Concierge is expected to do the orienting of guests, collecting of fees, and cleaning of the guest room after use. This is part of their community work. 5. We allocate the money from the guest room to pay for utilities, laundry use, and replacement of furnishings, sheets, towels, toilet paper, lightbulbs, etc. as necessary. 6. We pay taxes on that portion of guest room fees over and above what can justifiably be claimed for the above expenditures. In general these policies have worked fairly well. We had some problems with unauthorized resident teen usage which resulted in a pregnancy and a subsequent policy of keeping the guest room locked when not occupied for a few years. We've also occasionally had problems with community guests not being oriented well enough or communicated with well enough so that they violated our not well communicated rules about common space usage. Usually other cohousers are not the problem but people "interested in cohousing" who come for a stay. We don't allow animals in our Common House or Guest room because of resident owners allergies and this once caused some problems with a guest room user who had a "companion dog" who was not a well trained service dog and caused a lot of ill feeling in the community when the dog appeared at common dinner and jumped on people. We had to hash out the issue of service dogs and ultimately decided that since we are not a public facility we are not required to allow them in our Common House or guest room and don't. In essence Resident's allergies trump non-residents needs. Hope this is useful, Bonnie Fergusson Swan's Market Cohousing --- On Mon, 9/20/10, Marty Roberts <MartyR [at] sonic.net> wrote: > From: Marty Roberts <MartyR [at] sonic.net> > Subject: [C-L]_ Guest room policies? > To: "Coho-L" <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> > Date: Monday, September 20, 2010, 8:43 AM > > Hi folks, > I haven't posted here in a long time. After 11 years > here at Two Acre > Wood, we are turning our kids playroom into a guest > room. I'm > interested in seeing guest room policies from other > communities: > fees for use > reservation policies > time limits? > can one member use many times or does it need to rotate and > so forth. > > You can send direct to me or post to the list. > > Thanks, > Marty Roberts > Two Acre Wood, Sebastopol, CA > > > > Marty Roberts Productions > Web, video, and event production > Project design and management > www.martyrobertsproductions.com > 707.829.9191 > > > > > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other > info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > >
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