Re: Question about using addendums
From: Philip Dowds (
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 05:07:58 -0700 (PDT)
Alan —

I’m not anyone’s legal expert, and am unqualified to advise you about bylaws.  
But I think you’re on the right track.  At Cornerstone, we’re working on the 
same problem, and have tentatively concluded that the bylaws (hard to change) 
should be as simple and general as possible.  As much as possible, we want to 
govern ourselves via the “policies” (which other, more conventional HOAs would 
call “rules and regulations”).  The policies are relatively easy to change, as 
community experience and values evolve.  Just keep in mind … It’s the "fine 
print" that really counts; the fine print is where everything truly important 
is encoded.

Philip Dowds
Cornerstone Village Cohousing
Cambridge, MA

mobile: 617.460.4549
email:   rpdowds [at]

> On Apr 16, 2019, at 7:07 AM, Alan O'Hashi via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] 
>> wrote:
> We are rewriting our declarations and bylaws. We’ve been working with an HOA 
> attorney who has been advising us about the minimum specificity necessary to 
> comply with state law and then refer to particular community policies for the 
> “fine print.”
> Thx
> Alan O
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