Re: Use of common area for child care?
From: Catya Belfer (
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:33:30 -0700 (PDT)
My understanding is that as long as the community can't be construed as
running a daycare, it's all good.

     - cat

Catya Belfer   -
Technical Director   -
Cohousing in MA -

On Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 8:30 PM, David Heimann <heimann [at]> 

> Hello Everyone,
>         At our place several families with small children have hired a
> caregiver to take care of their children (and some neighboring ones) in the
> kids' room of our common house.  While it's been working out well, recently
> someone raised an issue about potential liability, especially of the condo
> association, should something happen to either a child or the caregiver
> while this is going on.  There's also a possible issue of someone carrying
> out a commercial activity in a residential space.
>         Have other cohousers on this list had experience with hiring
> caregivers for their children, with the care taking place in the common
> areas?  What legal, liability, insurance, or other issues have you run into
> and how (or whether) you were able to address them?
>         On the other end of the spectrum, while it hasn't happened yet, it
> seems that hiring a caregiver to take care of one or more dependent adults
> (elderly, disabled, etc.) in the common areas would lead to similar issues,
> so has anyone had to or has addressed the similar issue there?
>         Thanks for any information you can share.
> Regards,
> David Heimann
> JP Cohousing
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