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Know Your Legal Documents

Directors owe it to themselves and their members to review co-op by-laws and agreements as often as necessary to be sure they understand them.  Though the documents do not necessarily address themselves to every question that might arise, they do spell out the rights of the board and the membership.  Patience and careful study of the articles of incorporation, by-laws, regulatory, occupancy, and subscription agreements give the board a clear understanding of what it can and cannot legally do.  The co-op’s reading matter– they do contain a fair amount of “legalese”– but their wording is relatively straightforward, and they hold a great deal of important information.  If, despite its efforts, the board does not feel secure in its understanding of every aspect of the documents, it can and should ask for help from its co-op attorney.  The board must understand these documents, for they are the basis of its authority

Introduction to mahc

History and information about MAHC

Cooperative Dictionary

The easy to understand dictionary of Cooperative terms.
Submitted by Richard Berendson
PDF File 

New bOARD tRAINING mANUAL

This is a manual I put together to train new board members on the
Submitted by Rich Berendson 
PDF File 

History of Housing Cooperatives

Organizational Structure of Co-ops

Financial, Legal, and Ethical Responsibilities of the Board

Member Participation in Co-op Operations

Advantage Report

Promotional hand out to attract new members.
Submitted by Rich Berendson, Cumberland Green
MS Word 

Cooperative Training Information

This is a collection of materials I have put together from over 50 classes 
I attended or gave at MAHC.  I did permission to use it from the instructors.  
Submitted by Rich Berendson, Cumberland Green
MS Word 

Committee Charges

Committee responsibilities and charges.
Submitted by Rich Berendson, Cumberland Green
MS Word 

Code of Governance

Governance is the task of defining the goals and standards of an organization and ensuring that there are effective management and other structures that will enable the organization to achieve those goals and standards.
From Confederation of Co-operative housing web site.
PDF File 

Distaster Plan

Distaster plan used for Cumberland Green.
Submitted by Rich Berendson, Cumberland Green
MS Word

Emergency Plan Handbook

Forms used for Distaster plan
Submitted by Rich Berendson, Cumberland Green
PDF File

Emergency Responce Handbook

Hand book given out to each member of Cumberland Green
Submitted by Rich Berendson, Cumberland Green
MS Word

Long Range Planning Forms

Form to set up your lang range plane
Submitted by Tailor Made Property Services
MS Excel file

Request for Proposal - Auditor

This is the request for proposal that i have put together for our board.
use it as a sample to writing your own RFP.
Submitted by Rich Berendson, Cumberland Green
MS Word

Request for Proposal - Management Company

This is the request for proposal that i have put together for our board.
use it as a sample to writing your own RFP.
Submitted by Rich Berendson, Cumberland Green
MS Word

Request for Proposal - Legal

Submitted by Randall Pentiuk ,
MS Word

Reasonable Accommodations Request Form

Submitted by Tailor Made Property Services
MS Word 

Reasonable Accommodations Samples and Log

Submitted by Tailor Made Property Services
MS Word 

Simplified Chart of Parliamentary Motions

This is a copy of the parliamentary motions card given out by MAHC
Submitted BY Richard Berendson
MS Word

Shopping and Marketing Form

Form to shop and market your cooperative
Submitted by Tailor Made Property Services
MS Excel

Web sites for cooperative information

This is a word document with links to useful web sites for cooperatives
Submitted by Richard Berendson 
MS Word

Certified Cooperative Evaluation

Adobe

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