Re: guest room fees
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:58:43 -0800 (PST)
Well, John, I brought it up tangentially in a previous email.

The hotel and hospitality regulations for Air BnB are wondrous to behold in DC. 
 That’s why I  “discarded” it.  I can’t imagine taking on that burden.  But 
then, if  you don’t have anything else to do, it’s certainly a good project 
with which to occupy one’s time.  At the presentation I went to in DC on 
starting ABB in your home … one retired gentleman grossed $10k per year.  BUT 
he was right on The Hill had a separate bed and bath already in his home, had 
nothing else to do w/ his time, enjoyed having a different person in his house 
every night and didn’t need the money. He was just having fun and didn’t count 
his labor.  Another presenter couldn’t make money if she included her labor.  
So … go figure.

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church VA
On Dec 19, 2014, at 10:19 AM, John Sechrest <sechrest [at]> wrote:

> interestingly, the idea of airbnb has not come up in this conversation.
> as a thought experiment , what an airbnb process look like for you.
> I recently had a trip to Virginia where I thought I would try to visit a
> Cohousing-L community. My sponsor in one city ended up closing down that
> option for unrelated reasons. On that same trip, I ended up using airbnb
> for another city on that trip.
> It has caused me to start wondering about the process and consequences of
> Cohousing-L communities offering units via airbnb.
> any thoughts?
> On Dec 18, 2014 4:43 PM, "Susan Coberly" <susandgeorge [at]> wrote:
>> Our current fee is $10/night for the room and attached bath. The room has a
>> new-ish queen bed, small refrigerator, reading lamps, end tables, a desk
>> and chair, and a pretty rug.r. However it is not sumptuous by any means.
>> The bath is large and has the usual toilet, sink, and shower over tub.
>> Susan Coberly @ La Querencia (Fresno CA)
>> _________________________________________________________________

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