Re: rental policy in these economic times
From: Diana Carroll (
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011 11:11:15 -0800 (PST)
I've never understood the goal of a policy limiting renters to one or
two or however many years.  It seems to me that the goal is a low
turnover, so if a renter wanted to stay longer than one or two years,
that would be a GOOD thing.  I'd want a rental policy that would
maximize community stability therefore renter longevity.

Or policy is that after the first year of renting, the board of
trustees must authorize subsequent leases.  The idea being that if
someone turns out to be really BAD for the community, we'd have a way
of ousting them.

- Diana (Mosaic Commons)

On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 2:05 PM, R.N. Johnson <cohoranda [at]> wrote:
> We don't have a set limit on how many units can be rented, but do have a two 
> year limit on how long you can rent a unit out.  We have a couple of long 
> term renters, one a roommate to a home owner and one living in part of the 
> common house. Both participate in the meal rotation, and one is an 
> enthusiastic participant in the community garden. In my experience, involved 
> renters stay long tern, and uninvolved renters tend to move on. I would put 
> in my two cents for loosening the policy and not worrying too much about it 
> beyond encouraging people to find renters who are interested in 
> participating.   I  also suspect that a two year limit is going to reduce 
> renters' investment in the community.  If the community is solid, you are not 
> going to be taken over by absentee landlords. we are all doing what we can to 
> make it through these hard times.
> Randa Johnson
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