Re: [External] HOA Dues Structures
From: Mac Thomson (
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2020 06:33:54 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks Muriel, Noel, Sharon, and Janet for the info on your dues structures.

The flat rate plus voluntary additional pledged amounts is a new and intriguing 

Does anyone else have other dues structures that you use?


Mac Thomson

Heartwood Cohousing
Southwest Colorado

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> On Sep 1, 2020, at 6:33 PM, Janet Boys <jboys [at]> wrote:
> We have a mixed approach. We have a flat fee per unit for internet access.
> We are part of a master association (which is more than our cohousing) that
> charges a fee that is based on # of bedrooms. We have a cohousing fee that
> is based on square footage. This is mainly because our utilities are part
> of our dues. Bigger units use more energy for heating and cooling and have
> more walls etc for insurance purposes.  We are all in one building and the
> master association pays for things like snow removal and landscaping of
> areas in the development that are not on our property, but we enjoy the
> benefits.
> One way to allocate dues does not fit all.
> Janet Boys
> Aria Cohousing Community Association
> Denver CO
> On Tue, Sep 1, 2020 at 9:35 AM Mac Thomson via Cohousing-L <
> cohousing-l [at]> wrote:
>> Our community (Heartwood Cohousing in rural SW Colorado), has an unusual
>> HOA dues structure. We collect 50% of our dues on a per household basis and
>> 50% on a per person basis. The purpose is to try to reflect that some costs
>> are more fixed in nature (e.g., replacing the common house roof) and some
>> are more variable in nature, meaning that costs go up as usage goes up
>> (e.g., shampooing the common house carpets).
>> After 20 years, we are reconsidering our dues structure and would like to
>> know what other dues structures are used by other communities.
>> Some of the structures that I think are currently used are:
>> Flat Rate: Each household pays the same monthly dues.
>> Square Footage: Each household pays in proportion to their home’s square
>> footage. My understanding is that this structure is more appropriate for
>> condos where the condo association is responsible for the maintenance of
>> private homes. Since all of our homes are privately maintained, this
>> structure doesn’t seem applicable to us.
>> Household Income: Each household pays in proportion to their household
>> income. We’ve discussed this option and dismissed it.
>> Are there any other dues structures used by any communities?
>> Thanks,
>> Mac
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>> Mac Thomson
>> Heartwood Cohousing
>> Southwest Colorado
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