Re: Renters in Cohousing
From: Bonnie Fergusson (
Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2021 08:30:15 -0700 (PDT)
     We’ve had mostly good luck with our renters, a few have been less 
participatory but most are enthusiastic cohousers and several have gone on to 
purchase and become owners when a unit becomes available. We usually only have 
one unit rented but we have sometimes rental roommates in owner occupied units. 
 We’ve been up and running 21 years and had very little turnover the first 15 
or so years with more these last few years as we age and some original owners 
die or move into assisted living places when they get very ill.  We’ve gotten 
smarter about maintaining a list of interested folk and doing regular tours so 
we maintain a good pool of potentially interested folk.  The Bay area is a very 
expensive real estate market which makes it hard so not all interested folk can 
afford the units that become available so renting is a good first step.  Our 
renters can participate in all ways except decision making about spending 
money, budgeting etc.Bonnie FergussonSwans Market CohousingOakland, California

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On Friday, July 30, 2021, 8:02 AM, Muriel Kranowski <murielk [at]> wrote:

We've only rarely had truly involved renters, although we wish they would
be. In fact they often proclaim their great desire to be involved when they
sign the rental lease, and that's the last we see of them.

This is a college town and most renters are grad students who stay for one
year or occasionally longer, and they usually are totally involved with
their academics and the social life with their peers that goes along with
being a grad student. You can lead a renter to the Common House but you
can't make them eat there.
  Muriel at Shadowlake Village

On Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 8:49 AM Zev Paiss <zevpaiss [at]> wrote:

> Thank you for your varied responses. I expect nothing less.
> I this situation the owners are private people in many ways and do not
> want to share their lives with their renter. It seems that they simply
> never shared the shared meal option with her and felt invaded when another
> resident invited their renter to participate. Honestly I had not
> experienced this before as the general expectation is that owners would
> find renters who wanted to be an active partisans in the community.
> Zev Paiss
> Boulder, CO
> 720-925-5161
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