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  1. What is Coflats?
  2. Will I be disturbed by other residents, how private can I be?
  3. Do I need to pay extra for the Common House, laundry, garden areas, electric cars, wind turbine and broadband internet?
  4. What about using the laundry and meals in the common house?
  5. What is the CoFlats Company?
  6. What about my pet pig, can I keep her in CoFlats?
  7. I am worried about noise from neighbours and also me disturbing them.
  8. What about Eco-credentials has best practice been used?
  9. What is the history of the Old Chapel?
  10. What guarantees will I get with the new flat?
  11. Can I rent out my flat?
  12. What about people buying in second generation?
  13. How does the Residents Association (RA) work?
  14. What about conflicts and disputes?
  15. Can I make changes to the flat?
  16. What is the address and location of CoFlats Stroud?

What is Coflats?

  1. Coflats is a community of self contained flats with a shared common house. see introduction page for more details.
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Will I be disturbed by other residents, how private can I be?

  1. CoFlats offers the best of both worlds. You can be communal when you like eg popping to the Common House for a cup of tea and see whos there or close your private front door and not be disturbed.
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Do I need to pay extra for the Common House, laundry, garden areas, electric cars, wind turbine and broadband internet? 

  1. No, these are all included in the purchase price of each flat. Each flat will pay monthly services charges to cover common bills. These are estimated at 15 per month. The Residents Association will determine these costs based on actual expenses. It is designed to be far cheaper than running these things privately.
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What about using the laundry and meals in the common house?

  1. The laundry will cost about 1 per wash this will contrubute to repairs and replacement in about 5 years. Common Meals and tea/coffee will be organised by the Residents Association and w ill be based on what the food costs.
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What is the CoFlats Company?

  1. The CoFlats company is part of the Cohousing Development Company Ltd. It is committed to providing high quality communal housing controlled and managed by residents. The director is David Michael. He is the founder of Springhill Cohousing Community, the first new build cohousing in the UK. www.springhillcohousing.com It is in Stroud just across the valley from Coflats Stroud. CoFlats Company is the developer of CoFlats Stroud.
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What about my pet pig, can I keep her in CoFlats?

  1. The Lease says that pets are not allowed. However, if there is a unanimous decision of flat owners this restriction can be over-turned.
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I am worried about noise from neighbours and also me disturbing them. 

  1. Sound insulation is carried out to a very high standard and tested by independent auditors prior to completion. That is why there wall lights and no ceiling lights as they can breach sound barriers.
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What about Eco-credentials has best practice been used?

  1. A significant eco-feature is that an old building is being re-used. This means that fewer materials and energy are needed and a landmark building is re-paired to a high standard and re-used. The windows are pilkington e double glazed, high levels of heat insulation on outside walls and roofs, wind-turbine to generate electricity for common house and electric cars high efficiency condensing boilers and communal composting. However the main eco-feature is the communal nature of the project: sharing meals and living in an egalitarian community with neighbours.
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What is the history of the Old Chapel?

  1. The Old chapel was build as a Unitarian Chapel in 1881 Unitarians were like Quaker in being anti-slavery and today conduct gay marriages. Later it was used as Liberal Hall, the first Cinema in Stroud, Cotswold ballroom and recently a dance studio.
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What guarantees will I get with the new flat?

  1. Each flat has a transferable 10 year insurance backed defects warranty.
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Can I rent out my flat?

  1. Yes the only requirement is that the tenant agrees to the principles of CoFlats eg. cooking/cleaning rota, join the residents association and car sharing etc. a 30 registration fee and a copy of the tenancy agreement is given to Residents Association 1 week beforehand.
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What about people buying in second generation?

  1. This is by self selection, the same as first generation. Requirements are the same as for renting apart from a 0.5% purchase price fee is paid to the Residents Association by the new buyer. This is a useful source of income for the community.
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How does the Residents Association (RA) work?

  1. All residents must be members of the RA. The RA is non hierarchical and makes decisions by consensus or of deadlocked by 70% majority. The RA manages all aspects of CoFlats. It decides how much money to charge each month based on communla bills. Flats owners are members (1 share per flat) of the management company CoFlats Stroud Community Ltd. This company owns the Freehold of the Old Chapel and decides on any expenditure needed over above the monthly payments. Decisions made by the RA can be appealed to the Freehold company, which has ultimate management responsibility. Decisions are also made by consensus or 70% majority of deadlocked.
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What about conflicts and disputes?

  1. Disputes between neighbours, even if good friends are ineviatble. The Residents Association will use a voluntary conflicts resolution procedure. This is based on a "buddy system" and if necessary progresses to arbitration using a 3 person disputes committee made up of non-resident volunteers appointed by the RA. If a resident is in serious breach of the Lease eg persistantly makes a lot of noise and doesnt want to use the disputes procedure, it is possible to start eviction procedings.
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Can I make changes to the flat?

  1. Changes can be made before the flat is complete the builders costs will just be passed on. Design time with the architect is possible at an hourly rate 50. Changes after completion are also possible but the costs will be higher.
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What is the address and location of CoFlats Stroud?

  1. The Old Chapel, 59 Lansdown, Stroud, Glos GL5 1TN Check out www.multimap.com
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