Re: recruitment screening and rentals
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 06:22:00 -0700 (PDT)
I agree w/ Sharon on her points. But I would UNDERLINE and highlight that ALL 
members, renters, homeowners, extended family members living at home who are 
able ... all contribute to the health and well being of the community.

However ... I add this:

If a member owns two homes how many "votes" in the community does the homeowner 
get?  At Takoma Village Cohousing in Washington DC we have two levels for 
voting.  For social issues each person who is a MEMBER of the community  -- 
homeowner or not -- has one "vote."  But for financial issues:  1 home 1 vote.  
 Even if there are 2 people in the home there is only 1 vote.

If a member owns 2 homes does that give the member an advantage of having 2 
votes?  What about owning three homes?

I'm not making a judgment about whether or not this is "fair" because I can 
make a great case for either position.  Just pointing out something that might 
not be obvious at first.

BTW -- WHERE on the planet are you located?

Best --

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

On Mar 14, 2013, at 9:07 AM, Sharon Villines wrote:

> On Mar 13, 2013, at 1:42 PM, matt lowe <mattwglowe [at]> wrote:
>> 2)  Some of our members want to build rental suites.  Rentals can reduce
>> the financial burden on the members and allow them to invite family members
>> to move in.  On the flip side, rentals use community resources and provide
>> a financial advantage for only some of the community members.
> Why would rental units be any more of an advantage to owners or a drain on 
> the community than any other resource? The owners would be paying monthly 
> fees based on the total square footage owned (or whatever measure you use) 
> and the renters would be participating in the community if they use community 
> facilities.
> I resolved not to weigh in on community members but will say this -- (1) 
> require work from the beginning, (2) give feedback regularly (ie, speak up), 
> and (3) require mortgage-worthiness from the start. When you ask something of 
> people and expect results, you establish a standard. People who are 
> non-functioning or have different goals will sort themselves out. 
> Focus on the requirements of the job, whether it is party enjoyment or real 
> estate development or people support, and leave people be. This also requires 
> you to determine what you want/need and to ask for it. 
> "Difficult" is in the eye of the beholder. Some of the people who make me 
> cringe are the very people others think are the soul of the community.  And 
> it changes. People who seem difficult to you today may be your most admired 
> neighbors tomorrow. Focus on what needs to get done to get your community up 
> and running.
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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