Re: Question about using addendums
From: Alan O'Hashi (
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 05:24:44 -0700 (PDT)
phil - we want to make the 'fine print' accessible, particularly as it relates 
to dues allocation formulae. based on some war stories i've heard from friends 
who live in 'regular' a hoa, they are wrought will problems caused by 
non-responsive / irresponsible board members who are often times absentee 
landlords, or have accumulated so many condo units, a small handful control the 

the state hoa laws are designed for the many malfeasance problems that happen 
in a regular hoa. if regular hoa boards operated like a coho hoa, they would be 
a lot better off.

alan o.
ps - i've sought crowd sourced ideas about consequences for policy infractions 
short of fines, liens and getting kicked out of the common house - we're still 
struggling with that stuff. 

Alan O'Hashi - ECOS
EnviroCultural Organization Systems
Colorado 303-910-5782
Wyoming 307-274-1910
Nebraska 402-327-1652

      From: Philip Dowds <rphilipdowds [at]>
 To: Alan O’Hashi <adoecos [at]> 
Cc: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]>
 Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:07 AM
 Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Question about using addendums
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
> Alan O'Hashi - Cyber Office
> Views from Behind the Lens
> Colorado..303-910-5782
> Wyoming.307-274-1910
> Nebraska.402-327-1652
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