Re: Accommodating strangers
From: Philip Dowds (
Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2018 07:51:58 -0700 (PDT)
At Cornerstone, we have one guest room.  Each of our 32 households has priority 
for about ten days of usage.  Sign up / reservation is mostly first come first 
serve, with a few extra rules about not reserving too far ahead, etc.  On 
average, guest room is booked about half the time.  If a household has exceeded 
its quota, but wants to use the room anyway, it can make the reservation, with 
an understanding that it might get bumped out by an under-quota household.  One 
resident has had the job of managing guest room reservations for the entire 17 
years we’ve been occupied.  Some households use the room a lot, others use it 
rarely or never.  Sharing / swapping of time and reservations has been pretty 


> On Aug 25, 2018, at 10:35 AM, Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l 
> [at]> wrote:
>> On Aug 25, 2018, at 9:58 AM, Philip Dowds via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] 
>>> wrote:
>> and, I’ve not used up my guest room booking quota 
> Can you say more about this? We have not dealt with this directly. We limit 
> guest room stays to 10 days (or if you reserve both rooms, 5 days) and future 
> bookings to 4 months — meaning you can only reserve a room no more than 4 
> months ahead.
> When I ask why we do this, the response is always and only to be sure 
> everyone can use the room. 
> A yearly quota with people being able to transfer days would be a more direct 
> and adaptable way to balance use. We haven’t decided on a system. 
> Sharon
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