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Dustin Nemos
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What legal and screening strategies can an ecovillage implement to protect itself from bad apples but still allow prospective community people to come live on or rent from the community land while we get to know them? Looking to prevent hassles and court battles and complications!
 
Dale Hodgins
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You could start them off with a non-renewable lease, just as people do when they take off for a year and rent out their condo. Once the allotted  time is up, they have no tenancy rights. The good ones can be re-signed to a longer-term.
 
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You can require an application, that includes a background check, and ask for references. Look to most places' job applications. Or a few lease/rental agreements.

I deal with here I own property, am a landlord and need to rehab a few more of the houses yet, and have done numerous rounds of legality with people over art. You can ask about certain things, especially if it involves residency (renting directly or indirectly).

The person that showed up midmonth with her son and her live-in in the car to plead with me with waterworks to let them move into one of my needs rehab places and I could 'fix it up after they moved in' ... rang a lot of warning bells. Usually a mid month isn't a good thing unless you're doing a job relocate. If your rent's due on the first and you have to be out by then, the sheriff may be involved. The places in question need roofing, the heat put back in, all the appliances and need serious plumbing work (they were vandalized before I gained them) and both need windows replaced. They are NOT habitable. I do not have $15k to make them so within days especially with a minor involved. Oh, I found out about the three large dogs after I turned them down.

References and checking on their last residence and state of final bills can tell a lot about why someone's relocating. Yes you have a right. A friend that has several rentals in a large urban area, had a fellow show, wanted to move in NOW and had the cash for the move in, and they let him. He promptly quit paying rent, was in a bankruptcy and it took eight months to evict him because of that big B. He trashed out the place while he was there too.

So. You want to be friendly, and get the right people in. You do have the right though, to give it a doublecheck. Paul at the lab has his wonderful gapper program, where you pay a fee and they can put up with you for a short bit... and sort out what sort  you are and are you a fit for there. Perhaps a combination of the two.
 
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I know a landlord who operates in an area where the demographics aren't to his liking. He has a very complex application, which is seldom filled out in full. It says right on the application that unfinished ones will be tossed out. So whenever someone raises red flags, he tosses their's out. If an old lady with a good record doesn't finish hers, he will save it, give her a call, and help fill it out. He does this so that he's not accused of discriminating, against those with rotten dogs, crappy cars, rotten kids and facial tattoos. Not that there's anything wrong with those things.
 
Jd Stratton
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I suggest speaking to a <shiver> l-l-l-l-laaawyer. There, I forced myself to spit the nasty term out.

"Camping" complete with daily rates, changes the entire scenario.
They do not have the same rights as a tenant and can be instantly evicted for any reason at any time.

Cottages by the shore use this to have the law toss out baddies @ 12AM on a wednesday morning.

Not sure about your state though. Make sure it works where you are.

 
Banu Khalil
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These folks have a really well laid out long term approach, maybe part of what they are doing can help you:

http://www.redearthfarms.org/documents/

 
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