Re: Legality of membership agreements. Is it discriminatory?
From: Alicia Nowicki (
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:34:18 -0700 (PDT)
I totally understand what the realtor is saying and yet I think it is important 
for someone who is moving into your community to understand what is expected of 
them.  I understand we have no legal right to exclude someone but I do believe 
we have a right to be sure they are informed before they move in.  Perhaps that 
viewpoint can be shared with the realtor.  

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> On Mar 12, 2018, at 1:51 PM, Barbara Opyt <barbopyt [at]> wrote:
> We were thinking of having prospective buyers sign a statement something
> like "I have read the member handbook and will support the requirements of
> living in this cohousing commnity."  However, a realtor in our midst says,
> " Just so you all know, it is illegal to have potential buyer's sign
> anything in the state of TN because it looks discriminatory. As a realtor,
> it is actually illegal for me to discriminate- it is clearly stated in our
> rules. I know we wish for like minded people to be in our community but as
> Realtors, we are not allowed to turn down an offer based upon some of
> things you have listed above since this isn't a Co-Op."
> Has anyone had the legality of their membership requirements questioned?
> Thanks in advance,
> -Barb Opyt
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