About The Burrow
The Burrow is a fully mutual housing co-op currently open to new members and looking to buy a property in Manchester within the next year. We are a member of Radical Routes - a network of co-ops from around the UK which gives loans and support to it's members. Our aim is to provide affordable housing and communal living for our members as well as a meeting space for local activist groups and community projects. We are looking to house somewhere between 5 and 12 members in a property which is accessible and child friendly.
What is a fully mutual housing co-op?
Being a fully mutual housing co-op means that only tenants or prospective tenants may be members, and only members may hold a tenancy. It also means that decisions made relating to the operation and management of the housing co-op are made by all the members.
In practice living in a housing co-op functions in a similar way to renting. Your landlord is the legal structure of the housing co-op. None of the members own a share of the property and if any of them decide to leave they are free to. In the (incredibly unlikely) event that all the members leave the co-op, another co-op would take over the property so the investors can continue to be paid back.
Our work commitment to Radical Routes
Radical Routes is a mutual aid network and as such it relies on its member co-ops to get involved in order for it to function. Members of the Burrow are actively involved in a variety of Radical Routes working groups:
Steve and Greta are members of the Inclusion group. As of the last gathering (12-13 Dec 2011) Jess has joined the Co-op Support group and the Inclusion group and Becky has joined the Kids group. Luke is a member of the Kids and the Finance group.