Re: Rental of rooms or Air BnBs? (Linda Smith)
From: Alan O'Hashi (
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2019 13:23:18 -0800 (PST)
Kathy - I know what you’re saying. Similar questions are asked for reverse 
mortgages. The HOA does pay income tax. As far as I know, we don’t meet the 35% 
commercial threshold, plus, community members aren’t excluded when community 
areas are used by outsiders.

The common house is built to commercial standards.

The guest room has a reservation system, residents pay $x and outsiders pay $y 
(I didn’t mention that outsiders must have a resident sponsor/monitor). We are 
considering penalties for same day cancellations. I’m interested in setting up 
a cohousing guest room network to coordinate reservations among communities. 
There’s a platform in development called fairb&b that looks like it may be a 
good fit.

I like to stay in coho guest rooms when I travel, and I know others do, too. We 
get quite a few people interested in coho and let them stay so they can kick 
the tires.


Alan O

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

> On Jan 28, 2019, at 1:48 PM, Kathy Tymoczko <kathy.tymoczko [at]> 
> wrote:
> I'm wondering how (if?) your renting those spaces and operating the guest 
> room "like a hotel" affects the ability of buyers to get mortgages or the 
> type of mortgage a buyer can get.  I'm the person at Daybreak who generally 
> fills out questionnaires from lenders for people who are in the process of 
> buying.  There are often questions like the following:
> Is the project or the HOA licensed as a hotel, motel, resort or hospitality 
> entity?
> Does the HOA offer registration services for unit rentals on a daily basis? 
> This would include, but not be limited to, an onsite registration desk and/or 
> online registration.
> Does the project have any non-incidental business owned or operated by the 
> HOA, such as rental income, restaurant, health spa, etc.?
> Is more than 35% of the total square footage of the project used for 
> non-residential/commercial space?
> Does the project contain live/work units?
> Is any of the common area leased?
> I'm also wondering how that income affects the HOA taxes.
>> On Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 4:38 AM Alan O'Hashi via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l 
>> [at]> wrote:
>> Over time, our “higher purpose” has evolved into monetizing community space 
>> to hold down HOA dues. The common house doesn’t get used much by community 
>> members, compared to the hours it is open.
>> We rent out parts of the exercise room to a therapy provider; have a 
>> coworking space rented out to artists; two full offices rented out to 
>> artists, including myself; rent out the meditation room to massage 
>> therapists; rent out the common house and courtyard for meetings and now 
>> considering full on weddings; the guest room is operated like a hotel.
>> We invested heavily in solar photovoltaic panels and generate enough 
>> electricity to run the common house and earn a few bucks back in profit.
>> Some individual members rent out their spaces via VRBO and AirB&B. They have 
>> to get a city permit and also a community permit. We’re now figuring out 
>> insurance requirements and if the community is going to “tax” them for using 
>> common space and trading on our name and  views.
>> Thx,
>> Alan O
>> Alan O'Hashi - Cyber Office
>> Views from Behind the Lens
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>> > On Jan 28, 2019, at 4:16 AM, cohousing-l-request [at] wrote:
>> > 
>> > Rental of rooms or Air BnBs? (Linda Smith)
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