Re: Unseen Bullying Epidemic in Senior Communities - with hot link
From: Alan O'Hashi (
Date: Wed, 16 May 2018 13:04:37 -0700 (PDT)
dick, nancy, et al. - the only group who can truly self-select are the founders.

my point is that the founding burning souls, who write their community story, 
may have a better idea as to who they want  to attract, rather than take anyone 
and work back from there.

to fill community ‘vacancies’ it is in-bounds to let prospective new buyers 
know what they may be moving into, via orientation meetings, attending a 
community dinner, come to a meeting.  they can decide for themselves if living 
in a particular coho community is for them.

Alan O'Hashi - Cyber Office
Views from Behind the Lens

> On May 16, 2018, at 1:48 PM, Dick Margulis <dick [at]> wrote:
>> On 5/16/2018 3:33 PM, Nancy Baughman Csuti wrote:
>> I was under the impression that anyone who wanted to move into a for-sale
>> cohousing unit could otherwise it violates fair housing laws. Do people
>> actually have to agree to the principles and spirit of cohousing to buy a
>> unit?
> It would depend on whether the community was organized as a condominium or a 
> co-op. Co-op boards indeed have the ability to vet buyers, although they are 
> required to comply with fair housing laws just like everyone else. That is, 
> you can't discriminate based on membership in a protected class, but you can 
> discriminate on some other basis.
> In our case, we're a condo association, so we have no say in who decides to 
> buy. However, we do impose a set of requirements on homeowners, one of which 
> is a requirement that they agree to our stated values and another of which is 
> a requirement that they agree to abide by our rules.
> Someone can lie, of course, and claim to agree with something they do not 
> agree with. That's a risk we take, because we realize that there's not much 
> we can do to prevent lying. That said, we rely on the fact that living out in 
> the middle of nowhere in a neighborhood of expensive, small, closely spaced 
> homes with most amenities in a building teeming with neighbors is a concept 
> that doesn't appeal to everyone. So why would someone deliberately lie to be 
> able to live there?

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