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Cordata Co-op: Benefits of Co-operative Living
Transcript of Cordata Co-op: Benefits of Co-operative Living
The Benefits of
SO what's Cordata Co-op?
What would it be like
living with Cordata Co-op?
You help decide!
Ok, so whats been decided so far?
There are a few
jobs that tenants do
Sounds good, but what's the cost?
The first of many?
So,Why Live in a
Britain has a housing problem: We need good quality homes at purchase prices / rent levels that everyone can manage.
Co-housing provides a way of living communally
without giving up the sense of security and privacy
which can come from having a place that’s your own.
set their own policies and
make the decisions
In primary cooperatives (like Cordata) members
have equal voting rights -
one member, one
Cordata Housing Co-opeartive is the pilot project of The Co-operative Living Freehold Society (CLFS)
CLFS ambition is to showcase the benefits of an environmentally responsible and co-operative style of living in Manchester
The project has
two main aspects
that complement each other:
COrdata currently has a full house of total of
The expected move in date is
The earlier interested parties can commit, the
more input you can have
in this exciting start-up-stage of Cordata’s history!
As a fully mutual co-operative, each of Cordata's tenants' input is equally valued
This means that no one person can 'call the shots'
decisions are made collaboratively
through discussion to reach a consensus agreeable to all tenants
We began by discussing what our guiding principles and underpinning values should be
So far, some agreed upon points are...
Joining the project in its infancy gives a lot of scope for creativity!
Some avenues to explore are...
Co-operating to obtain quality housing can not only provide decent houses
It also enables tenants to
manage and control their houses
of home ownership
without some of the downsides
E.g. isolation from living as an atomised unit in a neighbourhood where people don’t know each other.
Members contribute equitably to, and
democratically control, the capital
Members may allocate surpluses to:
Develop their co-op
supporting other activities
Maintain their house
Cooperatives can serve their members best by working together through local and national structures
By existing under the banner of the Co-operative Freehold Society, Cordata from its conception is
already becoming part of the wider co-operative movement!
– start with little and see what we can live without - review after a couple of months
Make responsible choices
- regarding what items we do own, and how we use them
Thrift not Throw-away
- resource conservation to guide our living practices and purchasing habits.
Free sourcing, repair and renovation
of furnishings and other household items to pay consideration to their embodied energy
not live in a segregated manner
that frustrates a communal living experience
community, collective contribution, and sharing
Meetings to get
into the co-operative.
After a 'settling in' period, Cordata will
with other groups in the co-operative movement
Through Cordata's example of low impact living in the Withington community, we hope to
to make positive changes in their own living circumstances
No communal TV
, but open to review - interesting people are too good to be wasted in front of the box!
No indoor smoking
as much as possible – e.g. communal bookshelves
Food & Kitchen
local, seasonal and organic
- minimise environmental costs and reap the nutritional benefits
weekday evenings on a rota
Do your own thing
on weekends/daytime - flexibility to give a shout out if in a cooking mood and want to share!
– Benefit from the economies of scale and minimise packaging waste
Cleaning and washing products
The Eco House
Once an old, draughty Victorian property brought into the modern age with the bonuses of:
Solar water tubes
Combined heat and power boiler
This is a 'standard' house type in Manchester
If this eco-refit works well, it may prove that investing in these measures makes
better homes for tenants
better for the environment
, all in a
If we can prove this, securing further investment to
replicate this model
to benefit society may be possible
The eco house is
only a tool
Its a helping hand to allow us to live lower impact lifestyles
expected to already live in an extensively low impact manner
We hope that tenants can pursue eco-friendly lifestyles
at a pace right for them
Cordata views this as an ongoing learning process, of both living cooperatively and living sustainably
Open garden space free to get to work on
Some potential ideas include:
The house has a basement level not currently converted
This space is fully wired up and has had doors installed that open into the garden space
Some potential ideas for this space include:
Arts / craft are
Thanks for Listening!
Tenants don't have to be in paid employment to join - the requirement is that tenants meet the costs of the
, contribute to the
of the house, and collaborate with agreed
Whether this money is be provided through employment, savings or other (legal!) arrangements are all completely fine options.
If being involved in the finishing of the house (D.I.Y.) in preparation for moving in, you would
not be expected to pay rent during this time
Tenants to contribute to a
house maintenance fund
for emergency repairs and routine servicing (
included in the £360 rent
The collective Council tax for the house is
Why not just
Co-op living with others is
and gives you
as a tenant and a member
You have no landlord and are instead accountable to each other and make decisions collectively
Without guiding principles as a framework,
inequalities can emerge
in terms of personal commitments and accountability to each other
These issues can be
hard to confront
If renting off a landlord and staying with housemates you did not choose to live with, people can
feel they have less say
over their living arrangements - with
no way to back their views up
keep everyone in the loop
and allow for
helping avoid such issues
Oiling the Works...
More than Money
can't be an excessively 'cheap' house
- its mortgage has to be paid
However, the rent is in line with regular Withington rents - and the eco-house aspect means that
bills will be cheaper
But the project is about
more than money
- there are all the
Social / community aspect
Holds official records for the co-op
Updates us on what's been decided in meetings
Keeps the list of co-op members up to date and makes changes when tenants come and go
The Treasurer records all financial transactions and keep the co-op accounts up to date
They sort the year end accounts and get any info our funders need to them
no financial stake
in the house
Tenants will sign a lease and
pay rent from the point at which the house is ready for occupation
No rent deposit
, but all tenants need to pay their agreed rent contribution monthly in advance
The rent goes to The Co-operative Living Freehold society that owns the property
If split equally, rent will be
£360 pppm excluding utilities and council tax
Division of rent will be an equal split
All this talk of
meetings sounds like
hassle; is it necessary?
Furnishing & Decorating
Freedom to choose as a co-op the furniture and appliances for the house
Possibility of a small D.I.Y. budget from the Co-op Freehold Society to finish and decorate the house to tenants tastes
These are necessary to make the co-op run smoothly
To provide a valuable learning experience to Cordata's tenants, for each role in the house other members may 'shadow' those currently fulfilling the role.
This builds skills and gives an even greater sense of ownership