|Re: Renters Policies||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: R Philip Dowds (rphilipdowdsme.com)|
|Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2020 03:05:31 -0700 (PDT)|
[C-L] Friends — The 2020 census may give us better info, but speaking roughly, in the US, about 65% of dwelling units are owner-occupied, and 35% are occupied by renters. In Cambridge, MA, the ratio flips: About 65% of our units are occupied by tenants, and about 35%, by resident owners. At Cornerstone in Cambridge, nearly all of our units are owner-occupied, nearly all of the time. Some resident owners may occasionally choose to have a housemate (or housemates). Occasionally, the owners are absentee, and we do have tenants — either a few unrelated individuals, or a family. But our underlying philosophy seems to be that owner occupancy is preferred. The theory held by some may be that resident owners will be more “stable”, less likely to turn over, and generally more engaged with communal life. Tenants, on the other hand, may not fit in, may shun participation, and might be disruptive in some way. Back when we first moved in (2001), we adopted a policy for screening and approving tenants. Overall, this policy has been ignored, and our few tenants mostly come and go without any systematic community evaluation. Cambridge is a generally successful city and a desirable location — despite, or probably even with the help of, its large tenant population. By law and by custom, tenants are full participants in local civic life, and play important roles in municipal voting, planning, management and decision-making. Cornerstone isn’t fully on board with this view; there are recurring debates about whether tenants can or should participate in the “important” decisions of plenary, like setting the annual budget and monthly fees. These debates, of course, subside when our actual tenant occupancy is small or null. Speaking personally (not for the community), my own opinion is that our tenant citizens should have the same rights and responsibilities as our owner citizens. Over the 13 years I’ve lived here, I’ve seen quite a few tenants constructively and enjoyably engaged in our community life — and also, a minority of resident owners who decline to play ball. Personally, I am uncomfortable with the idea that tenants are second-class citizens. I am sending our official (but not well-followed) tenancy policy directly to susanfries213. Anyone else who wants to see it, let me know. Thanks, Philip Dowds Cornerstone Village Cohousing Cambridge, MA mobile: 617.460.4549 email: rphilipdowds [at] me.com > On Oct 14, 2020, at 10:12 PM, Ann Lehman <ann [at] zimmerman-lehman.com> > wrote: > > On Wed, Oct 14, 2020 at 9:03 AM <susanfries613 [at] gmail.com> wrote: > > An Ad Hoc team of us is working on the rights and responsibilities of > various categories of people who live here – guests, owners, tenants. > Specifically, we would like to see the Renters Policies of other groups, > understanding how to integrate renters into the social and work fabric of > the community. > > > Please response to susanfries613 [at] gmail.com > > > > Thanks, > > Susan > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://L.cohousing.org/info > > >
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