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Serving the boards of housing cooperatives nationwide by providing legal educational resources. The information provided herein seeks to assist directors with general information and should not be relied on for specific legal issues nor replaces the need to seek competent legal advice. This website is sponsored by the law firm of Pentiuk, Couvreur & Kobiljak, P.C. as a free service.

The United States is on the brink of a housing crisis yet the media is hesitant to shed light on this emerging problem. The country’s population has more than doubled since the 1970s yet we have not doubled our housing.

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​​​​​​​​​CAI advocates for legislation that protects community self-governance and promotes civility.​

​​​​​When an issue arises that impacts CAI members, CAI develops a public policy to guide volunteer advocates and staff in their advocacy efforts. ​Because CAI is a membership organization,

(CAMICB) purpose is to ensure that community association managers practice with professionalism, integrity and knowledge. To do so, we administer the Certified Manager of Community Associations

Individual unit owners, co-op corporations, and condominium associations are all always seeking ways to control and lowe…

Member-owned organizations whose goals are to satisfy their members’ social, economic, and cultural needs

Cooperatives empower people, strengthen communities, and create jobs – in fact, over 850 thousand jobs in the U.S. alone.

The great recession we've been going through will lead to nothing less than a new era in the economy and culture of America, a time of vigorous prudence and ethical self-regulation. That's the prediction of the writer Kurt Andersen in a recent cover story for Time magazine.

Knowledge is power. Here is a collection of resources from the cooperative community to leverage your power as a housing cooperative.

Creating Harmony in Diverse Communities New research explores attitudes, practices, and experiences with regard to diversity and discrimination issues, how any issues have been resolved, and recommended practices for reducing issues in community associations. Learn More

Learn about types of co-ops, advantages, problems, and taxation

Green building technology startup BlocPower has raised nearly $25 million in equity funding and $130 million in debt financing to retrofit tens of thousands of apartments and other dwellings with climate-friendly appliances.

Buying a house and renting an apartment represent only two of the possible living arrangements available, and these can both be cost-prohibitive. Co-op housing provides an alternative to the traditional methods of acquiring a primary residence.

(NCBA CLUSA) has worked for more than 100 years to build a better world and a more inclusive economy. We engage, partner with and empower people to have a greater say in their futures and more equitable access to economic opportunities

National Cooperative Bank is the only bank in the United States dedicated to delivering nationwide banking products and solutions to cooperatives and other member-owned organizations to help communities thrive.

Pros and Cons of Not Allowing the Rental of Condominiums

There are a number of reasons that a condominium unit can be rented out. Some are owned by investors who buy them looking to make a return, while others are owned by developers that are unable to sell them and need to cover their carrying costs.

We provide many publications, reports, and educational materials. These are primarily authored by USDA staff but include publications by University partners and other cooperative specialists. Select the desired category from the list above.

The Principles That Guide Cooperatives All cooperative businesses around the world operate in accordance with the following 7 cooperative principles.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of co-ops?

On Behalf of Pentiuk, Couvreur & Kobiljak, P.C. | Oct 26, 2017 | Co-op Member Issues, Firm News Co-op housing is not for everyone, but it can offer several advantages over renting or private home ownership. Co-ops can be appealing alternatives to living in a house, condo, or apartment. For all their positive points, they can also have downsides.

There is no single definition of a cooperative. Here is one definition of the term:

A cooperative is a type of business that is owned and operated for the mutual benefit of its members. This is done through being a democratic organization where members have full ownership and control over their earnings and assets.

A co-op is a democratic association that owns and controls an enterprise. It can be any sort of business, and just about any kind of business you imagine has been done as a co-op.