Re: New Member Screening
From: Tom Smyth (tomsassafras.coop)
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 09:38:16 -0700 (PDT)
I unfortunately won't be at the conference, but have you got this written
up somewhere?

Also, do you or anyone know of any other legal structures that cohos have
used? Or are they all condos?

On 18 May 2015 at 10:39, Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at] earthlink.net> wrote:

>
> Hi Tom and all --
>
> If you are organized as a condominium you cannot by law restrict a sale or
> resale.   It's private property owned by an individual and a homeowner has
> the right to sell to whomever he/she wishes. (Exceptions:  race, religion,
> creed.)
>
> However ... there are some steps a cohousing condo CAN do to increase the
> likelihood of a "good match" between the buyer and the community.  I will
> be presenting a workshop on this very thing at the upcoming CohoUS
> conference in Durham in just another 12 days or so.  Please join the
> discussion as I show how at Takoma Village we articulated and modified our
> resale process, developed a pool of qualified buyers, enriched our
> orientation of new members and in the process substantially turned around
> our workshare participation by members.  We're much, much better at helping
> people decide if they are a "match" for living in our community.   In just
> over a year, we've also brought in more than $20,000 in contributions to
> the community by sellers grateful to have our team help them w/ the resale
> of their home.  These contributions are being used to fund our new solar
> installation.  It's a win-win for everyone!
>
> The session is from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on Saturday. It's titled:
>
> How Our Resale and Rental Team Rebooted Workshare, Reinvigorated Our
> Community and Raised $15,000 for Capital Improvements
>
> (we've raised another $5K since I submitted the proposal!)
>
> Looking forward to seeing you at the conference!
>
>
> Best --
>
> Ann Zabaldo
> Takoma Village Cohousing
> Washington, DC
> Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
> Falls Church, VA
> 703.688.2646
>
>
> On May 18, 2015, at 9:42 AM, Tom Smyth <tom [at] sassafras.coop> wrote:
>
> >
> > Hello.
> >
> > Do any cohos have methods of screening prospective buyers? Are there
> legal
> > ways to refuse someone? On what grounds?
> >
> > How do cohos with waiting lists manage new buyers? Are there waiting
> lists?
> > Can the association have any say over who sells to who?
> >
> > I'm unclear on how much clout the bylaws can have over all of this and
> > where state law would override.
> >
> > Thanks.
> >
> > --
> > Tom Smyth
> >
> > Worker-Owner, Sassafras Tech Collective
> > Specializing in innovative, usable tech for social change
> > sassafras.coop *·* @sassafrastech
> >
> > Resident, Touchstone Cohousing
> > touchstonecohousing.org
> >
> >
>
>
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-- 
Tom Smyth

Worker-Owner, Sassafras Tech Collective
Specializing in innovative, usable tech for social change
sassafras.coop *·* @sassafrastech

Resident, Touchstone Cohousing
touchstonecohousing.org

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