Re: Unseen Bullying Epidemic in Senior Communities - with hot link
From: Wendy Willbanks Wiesner (
Date: Wed, 16 May 2018 13:10:58 -0700 (PDT)
Hello All,

There is a current legal challenge that may well have effects beyond what
are seemingly narrow confines (see link below).  Will be very interesting
to see what happens.


Wendy Willbanks Wiesner
Executive Director
Partnerships for Affordable Cohousing (PFAC)

On Wed, 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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