Chart comparing the Rental, Group-Equity Co-op, Equity Co-op (limited or market-rate), Condominium, and Single Family Home models, from the perspectives of control, finance, and liability.
- Bloomington Cooperative Living (Indiana, 2011)
- CHÜVA - Cooperative Housing at the University of Virginia (Virginia, 2005)
- Cooperative Roots (California, 2006)
- Kalamazoo Collective Housing (
Presented by Daniel Miller (NASCO Staff) & David "Rosebud" Sparer (Herrick & Kasdorf, LLP)
Why do co-ops become legal corporations? What does it take to incorporate? What are the pros and cons of different legal statuses? What does non-profit status do for a co-op, and does your co-op qualify? These resources will help give answers to these questions and more, with specific examples to help your co-op.
These resources were contributed by Attorney David "Rosebud" Sparer as a resource for housing co-op organizers looking to incorporate as a non-profit or a cooperative.
This resource includes several templates for cooperative business plans from actual housing cooperatives in North America. Other references provided are a blueprint for the development process, of which the business plan is a part, and a cooperative business plan presentation given at the 2009 NASCO Institute.
These sample bylaw can give you an idea of some simple boilerplate language for incorporating your coop. Of course, a coop should get these bylaws looked at before submitting them, but these should give you a good idea of what you may want to do, and let you change things where you need to do so in order to make these match your needs.
Creating bylaws and policy in student cooperatives
Document describing the process/options for applying for tax exemption in the United States.