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New Tenants' Association in Nashville

Posted by Mark Baribeault on June 28, 2000 at 02:24:19:

Hi, all!

After some recent problems with the landlord, we're considering starting a new tenants' association for our apartment complex just outside Nashville, TN (Davidson County). It's 548 apartments, not regulated, leases mandatory (9 months left on mine, been here 1 yr), about 10 yrs old, not co-op or condo. Landlord is a large national corp. I'd like to learn from others' mistakes & do it right the first time. Main objectives of the association will be collective bargaining w/ landlord & keeping an attorney on retainer for tenants in disputes vs. landlord. Already talking to an atty, we're planning a mailing next week & a first meeting in 2 - 3 weeks.

What type of organization should we form? What legal status do we need? Can anybody suggest a sample charter/constitution? How many tenants should we have in the assoc before we can be effective (landlord is not very open-minded)? How do we determine initial dues (rents run from $500 - $850 /mo depending on floor plan ... sorry NYC friends!)? How do we go about collecting them (i.e., annually, monthly, by mail, with rent, what)? Do we include employees of the landlord who live on property? Can we make membership mandatory (since all will benefit)? Do we include landlord rep. in first meeting? You get the idea, we're open to all help! Reply either here or by E-mail.

Mark Baribeault, FF/EMT-P
Nashville, TN USA

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