Re: Rental of rooms or Air BnBs?
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2019 09:28:25 -0800 (PST)
> On Jan 27, 2019, at 10:26 AM, Philip Dowds via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] 
>> wrote:

> Finally, there’s a big difference between between hosting daytime events 
> versus renting beds for overnight accommodation of strangers.  My personal 
> opinion is that the former is worth looking into, and the latter is a can of 
> worms.

And a lot of work, particularly if you are expecting significant income. When 
we deciding if guests in the guest room could use the kitchen and other CH 
facilities without supervision, we decided no. The host needed to supervise 
them. And to clean up after them.

The immediate automatic response from one member was “Then I’m never hosting 
anyone in the guestrooms.” 

If people think they want to do a Bnb, it might be helpful if they hosted a few 
in their own homes before they decide to do it in the guestrooms — and clean up 
after them. If the guestrooms are in the center of the community, you will have 
strangers coming and going. If they are on the edge of the community, you will 
have unknown activities coming and going—and you will be liable for them.

Considering responsibilities and who is going to assume them — work and costs — 
the air might clean around this idea. Make a list.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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