Re: Accommodating strangers
From: Philip Dowds (
Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2018 06:58:55 -0700 (PDT)
At Cornerstone, anyone staying in the guest room must be sponsored by a 
specific resident household (not a team or committee) acting as host.  The host 
is responsible for cleaning and re-setting the room when the guest departs; 
theoretically, the host is also liable for any damage or misbehavior by the 
guest, but in 17 years, we’ve never really had a problem.  So, if I’m 
comfortable hosting total strangers (which I did one time) — and, I’ve not used 
up my guest room booking quota — then so be it, let the guests begin.

Philip Dowds
Cornerstone Village Cohousing
Cambridge, MA

mobile: 617.460.4549
email:   rpdowds [at] 

> On Aug 23, 2018, at 2:20 PM, Cheron Dudley <cherondudley [at]> 
> wrote:
> We are pretty new co-housers and ask for advice:
> Our common house has room for guests and we’ve used it for friends and family.
> We are getting requests from others - often total strangers and/or other 
> co-housers - to stay with us.
> In theory, this is a fantastic idea but the details are still being worked 
> out.
> If it’s my cousin staying, I greet her and play host for a day or two.
> If it’s a total stranger - who plays host? Are there any safety or security 
> issues to consider?
> Is there a team that handles this for the community?
> Thanks for any useful tips.
> Cheron at Quimper Village
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