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Does your cohousing group need a members’ agreement?

07 July 2022

There are so many community and individual needs to balance that it can be hard to keep track of what has been discussed and agreed.

How long are guests permitted to stay? What happens if a decision can’t be reached by consensus? Is there a minimum community labour contribution? A members’ agreement can help formalise and centralise the key values and expectations of the community and can provide a reference point for difficult or sensitive decisions.

A members’ agreement should dovetail with other documents, such as articles of association, registered title and lease documents. It may also need to be reviewed at regular intervals as the community and its values develop over time, or as new members join the community. For new or prospective members, it can be a useful document.

We’ve recently delivered a webinar exploring this topic.  You can now view our discussion on demand by following this link.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of this article further, please contact Hayley Marsden or any other member of the community-led housing team on 0113 244 6100.

You can also keep up to date by following Wrigleys charities team on Twitter here and sign up to receive our dedicated community-led housing newsletter here.

The information in this article is necessarily of a general nature.  The law stated is correct at the date (stated above) this article was first posted to our website. Specific advice should be sought for specific situations. If you have any queries or need any legal advice please feel free to contact Wrigleys Solicitors

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