Do any communities defer dues?
From: Alan O'Hashi (
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2019 04:44:38 -0700 (PDT)
Sunny - Deferring dues and assessments until sale, I suppose is possible. The 
problem I see with it, is keeping your doors open. HOA dues and assessments are 
for the day-to-day upkeep and short and long term maintenance of the property 
and if you let too many people do that, everyone else will have to pick up 
their slack for 20 or 30 years, potentially.

At my place, failure to pay dues and assessments is viewed as a not-so-good 
thing to the extent that it is possible for a member to lose voting rights and 
a lien placed on their property.

I know cohousers are supposed to be empathetic and compassionate to other's 
plights and keep the "we're all in this together" spirit, but cohousers are 
also running the huge business of a community association.

There are some communities that have set up a "Community Chest" funded as a 
part of the general HOA dues. Everyone chips in something with the idea that 
the money can be used for households that may need a "hand up" for maybe 
medical bills, or paying dues because of a job loss, etc.

If you do decide to allow people to generally defer, there should be some means 
to encourage them to pay up front, like, compounded interest, and personal 
guarantees, etc.

Alan O.

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

    On Sunday, August 4, 2019, 04:16:22 AM MDT, <cohousing-l-request [at]> wrote:

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Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2019 03:42:08 +0000 (UTC)
From: Sunny Sabbini <oneshinysun [at]>
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Subject: [C-L]_ Do any communities defer dues?
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We'd like to know if any communities have allowed their owners to defer some or 
all of their assessment increases (due to increase in reserve funding or for 
other reason) to the time of their home sale?  Does anyone here know of any 
communities, cohousing or otherwise, or have any leads to find any that do some 
version of this?  Interested to know the details of how this has played out. 

Thanks much,
Pleasant Hill Cohousing


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