Re: How Cohousing communities decide on new members
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2021 17:42:35 -0700 (PDT)
What about a banjo player who is member of Proud Boys and the NRA? If you’re 
selling property can you refuse to sell to them?

Or, is it that now you just want left handed banjo pickers in your membership?  
There might be some left handed banjo pickers in the Proud Boys and the NRA who 
will want to join your membership.

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Ex. Dir. & Member, Board of Directors
Mid Atlantic Cohousing
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA

When Isaac Newton stayed at home to avoid the 1665 Plague, he discovered the 
Laws of Gravity, Optics, and he invented Calculus.

NOTE: I am switching back to: zabaldo [at]  Many apologies!  

> On Apr 15, 2021, at 7:22 PM, R Philip Dowds via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] 
>> wrote:
> I am thinking that my upstairs neighbor Bob and I are actually pretty much on 
> the same page.  Whether you are forming a club with nothing to sell, or 
> selling a housing product you’ve successfully created, nothing prevents you 
> from limiting membership or sales to people who can play the banjo.
> Thanks,
>> On Apr 15, 2021, at 2:55 PM, Bob Leigh <bobleigh [at]> wrote:
>> Hi Jim,
>> And here is a contrary view out of the history of Cornerstone Cohousing
>> (where Phil Dowds also lives!).
>> You mentioned that your group is "confident about our construction loan".
>> It sounds as if, right now, you are _not_ selling housing but the
>> opportunity to join a membership group which is acting as a real estate
>> developer of sorts.  Get a legal opinion on whether or not you're subject
>> to fair housing laws now, and also when you might become subject to them.
>> Certainly, when units are being REsold, fair housing laws will apply.
>> Bob Leigh
>> Cornerstone Village Cohousing
>> Cambridge, MA
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