Join our co-op in 2015 – vacancy from February!

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December 27, 2014 by skylarkhousingcoop

One of our Skylarks is flying off to warmer climes, so we’re looking for a new member to join from early February, ideally for nine months, but we’re open to longer or shorter stays too.

We’re based in a 7 bedroom ex-council house in Bevendean, Brighton, that backs onto the Downs and has a large garden. We are a vegan/freegan house, non-smoking indoors with 3 dogs. Rent for the room is £334 a month, although there is also £10 a week kitty and £10 a week bills. We are a friendly bunch and tend to eat communally, with ideally each member cooking for everyone once a week. The house still needs work so there is room to get stuck in.

We would like to live with someone who doesn’t shy away from responsibility, and will muck in and take the initiative. We will prioritise activists, and our members include feminist campaigners, eco-activists, people involved in the local social centre and in activist legal support and prisoner solidarity. We are aged 23-30 and work in libraries, universities, rope access, care work and allotments. Many of us are creative and like drawing and making music. It’s not a party house but the structure isn’t very soundproof so you would need to be okay with hearing other people occasionally, and being aware of noise.

We are members of Radical Routes and that commits us to going to quarterly gatherings to represent our co-op. Living in a co-operative involves more work than a normal rental property. This includes keeping on top of our finances, attending regular house meetings, attending co-operative events, contributing to house work days, organising house work days, promoting co-ops etc. No one person has to do all of this, but you shouldn’t apply if you don’t have any time to commit to the day-to-day running of the co-op.

In the near future we hope to build a bike shed and work area, and a little guest house. In the longer term we plan on building an extension to give us more communal space as what we have is small.

We are an easy cycle to town or the bus stop is round the corner from us.

Check out our Membership Criteria and Joining Procedure here, and drop us an email on to tell us about yourself and why you’d like to live here.

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