Re: Renters in Cohousing
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2021 15:41:10 -0700 (PDT)
It's interesting to have a rule where someone else is responsible for
another adults behavior. How does that work in practice?

We have sponsors for non-member visitors, but the presumption is simply
that they will clean-up after them, not that they have control or
responsibility for their behavior.

Our landlords get to decide if their renter is part of their household (and
thus part of their coho dues) or if the renter is their own household (and
thus pay their own coho dues). Anyone who lives here can choose to be part
of coho or not.

(The Rev. Dr.) Elizabeth Mae Magill
Pastor, Ashburnham Community Church
Minister to the Affiliates, Ecclesia Ministries

On Thu, Jul 29, 2021 at 4:48 PM Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <
cohousing-l [at]> wrote:

> > On Jul 29, 2021, at 8:35 AM, Zev Paiss <zevpaiss [at]> wrote:
> >
> > I was curious if anyone living in Cohousing has experienced an owner not
> allowing their renter to participate in community activities?
> The tension here is that an owner is responsible for their renter’s
> behavior — attention to community rules, etc. One owner who was not
> comfortable with her renters sense of boundaries or decorum asked him not
> to use the common facilities. She was upset when unknown to her he was
> asked to join a team and participate in various activities. Other members
> considering him an equal thus made her uncomfortable.
> Thus if the renter is a free agent in the community, the owner can’t be
> responsible. Is the community responsible?
> Sharon
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> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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