|a question about hiring landscapers||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: S. Kashdan (s_kashdanhotmail.com)|
|Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 18:01:48 -0700 (PDT)|
Hi all, The Jackson Place Cohousing community in Seattle, Washington has a question about whether your cohousing community considers it necessary or important to hire licensed, bonded and insured landscape contractors/professional gardeners for the work that community members can't or won't do. What requirements do your communities have for determining which landscapers/gardeners to hire? Do you always require them to be licensed, bonded and insured, or do your requirements vary with the nature of the work?" The JPC landscape team and our coordinating committee have been discussing this issue because of the difficulty of finding licensed, bonded and insured landscape contractors/professional gardeners to help with the maintenance of our property. We have 27 units, a bit smaller than most of the licensed, bonded and insured landscape contractors seem to want to bother with. >From the landscape team's understanding, the most important thing seems to be the licensing (not bonded or insured) since licensing would result in Washington State Labor and Industries coverage for on the job injuries. One of the landscape team members emailed the question to the Washington state Community Association Institute director and received the response that they recommend licensed, bonded and insured, but didn't give any details of the reasoning. Some members think that this answer may stem from the fact that most of the communities involved in CAI are very large. I do know that some of the communities/condos/homeowners associations are smaller than JPC, some even as small as five units. But, CAI may not be considering all of the concerns of the smaller communities, and they may very well have different landscape challenges and visions than are group. So, whatever you can tell us will be greatly appreciated. Cohousingly, Sylvie Sylvie Kashdan Community Outreach Liaison Jackson Place Cohousing 800 Hiawatha Place South Seattle, WA 98144 www.seattlecohousing.org
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