|Re: co-op house within cohousing community||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:52:11 -0700 (PDT)|
> On Jul 17, 2017, at 12:41 PM, Karin Hoskin <karincohous [at] gmail.com> wrote: > > Does anyone have specific experience with a physical house/unit identifying > as a co-op *within* your cohousing community? Please respond to the list as well. I’m interested in this as a governance issue. Using the sociocratic circle method of organizing, each of the units in a community would be a circle (a decision-making unit). The coop would be one circle with a more complex internal dynamic than others with only one owner. All circles are governed by the community rules for anything that affects the whole community. It would have it’s own internal rules. Ownership can make things complicated unless it is clearly agreed upon. We had one unit that was owned by two people. (They had actually lied about the ownership — one was supposed only to be cosigning the bank loan.) One lived in the unit for a year or so but then moved to a job in another state. The recession then hit. They were both underwater and renting the unit. Then one filed for bankruptcy. The one we didn’t know. We were heading for a foreclosure in the community but fortunately the renters were able to purchase the unit at a discount rate after the court approved it. Long way around to saying in our experience, such an agreement should have: 1. Clear legally defined ownership and protections for the community so outside financial issues affect it as little as possible. 2. All members of the coop be clearly identified so you know who you are dealing with. 3. All members would be owners so they all would be expected to be community members equal in responsibility to other owners. I would also like to hear about other issues. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
co-op house within cohousing community Karin Hoskin, July 17 2017
- Re: co-op house within cohousing community Sharon Villines, July 18 2017
- Re: co-op house within cohousing community John Carver, July 18 2017
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