Re: Guest room or cheap hotel?
From: Mary Ann Clark (
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:15:36 -0800 (PST)
We live in a travel destination and for a while we had some folks using our 
guest room as an alternative to a motel room.

Many people were uncomfortable with this for lots of reasons including insurance and 
liability issues, security issues, etc. We ended up changing our policy so 
that people using the guest room had to have someone in the community as their host.

This allows for friends and family, even friends of friends, people interested 
in the community, and members of other co-housing communities but not complete 
strangers. Members of our Marketing Committee usually serve as hosts for 
prospects and members of other communities.

This has worked out well for us.

Mary Ann
Manzanita Village, Prescott AZ
Where temperatures are ranging from 28 to 61 today, perfect winter weather!

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Mary Ann Clark                                                  drmaryann49 

On Jan 27, 2014, at 03:39 PM, Diana Carroll <dianaecarroll [at]> 

Hey I'm curious to hear how people feel about the use of their community's
guest space by non-community members.

Our guest rooms are mostly used by friends and family of our members but we
do sometimes get requests to stay by travelers who are barely or not at all
affiliated with our community: acquaintances and friends-of-friends, folks
from other cohousing communities, people who are cohousing-curious, people
who came to one of our open houses or intro meetings a million years ago,

I would imagine other groups get the same...especially if they are located
in a popular travel destination (big cities, beautiful places...)

So, not so much wondering about policies on this, but your feeling as an your feel like these requests are appropriate? Do you
feel good sharing your space? Do you feel taken advantage of? Do you ever
feel like outsiders think it's a cheap, friendly hotel?

Diana, with mixed personal feelings
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