WHAT IS A HOUSING CO-OPERATIVE?
group of people (usually tenants) who manage and control the
homes they live in.
ARE HOUSING CO-OPERATIVES
SIMILAR TO A HOUSING ASSOCIATION? YES.....
A Housing Co-op is a registered Social Landlord. It provides
homes for people in housing need.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES AND
RESPONSIBILITIES OF CO-OP MEMBERS
You have a say and control over the services you receive. Have
you ever thought of how much it would cost for repairs if you
were paying for them? With Housing
Co-operatives, this is all covered through your rent!
A Co-op is different from a Housing Association / Council in
that most of the work of
running the co-op is done by the tenants.
Before moving into a Co-op property, prospective tenants must
buy a £1.00 equal share in the Co-op giving them the right to
vote at meetings, to decide what sort of service should be
provided and the right to be involved in decision making.
Members should take on responsibility for the running of the
Co-op members are encouraged to be actively involved in
creating a safe and sustainable community. Social events,
activities and get togethers are often organised for members.
Co-op members will be given training and support to help them
with the day-to-day
running of the Co-op.
IN SUMMARY- BEFORE APPLYING
FOR CO-OPERATIVE HOUSING APPLICANTS
Be prepared to attend an information session about Housing
Be prepared to do some voluntary work for the Co-op. A Co-op
cannot run efficiently and may not survive without members
putting some effort into it.
Be prepared to learn how Co-ops work by talking to members and
by attending training.
Be prepared to share responsibilities and decision making at
Committee and General meetings.
Most important of all:
ATTEND THE MEETINGS THAT YOUR
you are not prepared to be involved in any of the above, do
not apply for
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