Re: Bad tenant alert
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2011 11:24:09 -0700 (PDT)
Barbara -- I am generally utlra sensitve about email messages.  

I, too, felt the email communication was pretty balanced. 

I recounted my info because I felt it showed no matter how I tried to check out 
everything I still had a problem.  You can't avoid every possibility.  

Please note -- no where in my emails did I say a single disparaging thing about 
the renter I encountered.  I used not one negative personal comment nor did I 
judge her at all.  In truth ... my feelings about her to this day are that she 
is a person struggling to make her way in the world -- she has a strategy for 
doing that that caused me time, money and effort.  That's on me.  I wonder how 
her strategy is working for HER?

And also ... in this case we're talking about the problem of renting to a 
person "making the rounds" of a set of cohousing communities in CO.  My 
question still is regarding multiple rentals in the same community by this 
person -- are  people not talking to each other in the community?  This is a 
bigger issue to me than the renters in question.

And this is one reason to develop good communication lines BETWEEN cohousing 
communities in a region -- pass along information informally that may be use to 
other cohousers in your area.  We have a process for doing that in Mid Atlantic 
Cohousing because the community reps meet once a month.  (I'm NOT just talking 
about renters -- how about property taxes, schools, issues of concern to 
homeowners?)  There have 15 or more cohousing communities in CO.  Could a 
regional organization have helped w/ this situation?   Including helping the 
renters themselves?

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church VA
703 663 3911

On Mar 13, 2011, at 1:50 PM, Barbara Burnham wrote:

> OK, OK enough with the bad tenant stories. I understand that what you are 
> describing is a tough situation but it is highly unusual. Almost 40 percent 
> of Americans are renters, some because they want to be but most because they 
> do not have the equity, or the secure employment or the credit history to do 
> so. There are just as many horror stories of bad landlords shutting off water 
> or heat, harrassing tenants as there are bad tenant stories.  Frankly I am 
> surprised at the tenor of these emails. 
> Barbara
> Eastern Village
> ----------Original Message----------
> From: Joanie Connors <jvcphd [at]>
> Sent: Sun, March 13, 2011 1:38 PM
> To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]>
> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Bad tenant alert
> Interestingly, the Village Voice has a story this week about the 10
> worst tenants in NYC. Some of these awful stories might make you feel
> lucky!
> Stories of 10 worst tenants in NYC
> Definitely, the protections for tenants have gone too far. There needs
> to be a middle ground somewhere!
> Joanie
> Silver City EcoCommunity planning group
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