|Renters & Owners Rights & Responsibilities||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred-List manager (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2017 05:22:34 -0700 (PDT)|
Diana Christian <diana [at] ic.org> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> after reformatting a bit and putting the document at http://l.cohousing.org/renter_owner_relations.docx Diana speaks and has published on ecovillages and intentional community and goverance of them See http://dianaleafechristian.org -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- Hello friends and colleagues in cohousing, I've noticed that in intentional communities -- including cohousing -- certain kinds of conflicts can arise from misunderstandings among renters and owners about what rights and responsibilities renters and owners have, and how these may differ, if they do. I believe having really specific, unequivocal documents which clearly spell out the rights and responsibilities of renters and owners, signed and with copies kept by both parties, can really reduce this kind of conflict. So I created a draft document to address four things for landlords in community to give their tenants: (1) The specific rights and responsibilities of the renters (2) specific rights and and responsibilities renters don't have (3) specific rights and responsibilities of the owners (4) specific rights and responsibilities owners don't have The owners of a shared group household in Canada created a real document for their own household of owners and renters, based on this draft. I now use what they wrote for their household as a sample document in my workshops on starting successful new communities. Its better than my draft because it has real-life examples of rights and responsibilities for each party. I just sent this out to friends in various communities in the US that also have renters and owners, and they like it! I wanted to share this on the Coho-L list this in case any landlords or committees who work with rental issues in their communities might find this sample agreement useful to adapt and change to suit their own circumstances. It's in .docx format so it can easily be modified. See http://l.cohousing.org/renter_owner_relations.docx I you find this useful! ;) All good wishes, Diana
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