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I. INFORMATIOM AND RULES FOR RESIDENTS
II. ALLOWABLE HOUSEKEEPING AND
III. ITEMS NOT ALLOWED IN AIRING ROOM
IV. NOTICE FOR INCLUSION ON ALL COMMUNITY ROOM
I. INFORMATION AND RULES
The spirit of these rules is to encourage
each resident to be aware of how her/his actions may affect
other residents and to protect and enhance the health
of all residents.
- The Board of Ecology House, Inc. must
approve any changes to these rules
- These rules apply to everyone who
comes to Ecology House. This includes family, visitors, attendants,
- Residents are responsible for seeing
to it that their visitors comply with these rules.
- Residents are encouraged to discuss
the rules with their visitors before they arrive
- These rules undergo periodic review
. Resident input is essential to that process. All residents
are encouraged to contribute by regularly communicating
any problems they have understanding or complying with these
1. Independent Living
Residents of Ecology House must
be capable of independent living . No personal care services
are provided by Ecology House, Inc.Residents need to make
arrangements for their own care.
A personal-care attendant living in
the unit to care for a resident must move out when the resident
HUD Section 811 regulations require
that at least one member of each Ecology House resident
household be disabled by Multiple Chemical Sensitivity/Environmental
Illness and/or have a mobility impairment.
2. Scents and Other Chemical Exposures
- Everyone who enters Ecology House
must be sure that they and their clothing are free from:
- tobacco (or smoke) fumes
cologne, or after-shave
mousse, scented shampoo
or scented hair
scented personal care or cosmetic products,
including , essential (or natural) oils,
herbal essence, medicinal or herbal lotions or oils
and flower remedies
- dry cleaning
- scented laundry
- fabric softener
or dryer sheets
(even those labeled unscented)
- shoe polish
of alcoholic beverages
No scented lotions, shampoos
or other scented personal care products may be used in
apartments or elsewhere on site.
No visitor with recent chemical
exposures, such as spilling gasoline, paint or glue
on themselves, wearing newly dry-cleaned clothes, or working
with machinery oil, is allowed on site .
3. Abusive Behavior/Communication
Abusive treatment of residents toward
other residents, management, or guests, even if caused by
an exposure, is not allowed and may be cause for eviction.
Smoking of any substance is not permitted
anywhere on the site,
(including the parking lot and all outdoor space.)
Burning of incense, candles, or other
flammable substances is not allowed at any time. For
lighting during electrical failure, residents should use flashlights
or other battery powered lights.
In case of small electrical or kitchen
fires, douse immediately with baking soda.
Many persons with MCS/EI are extremely
sensitive to animal hair, dander and excrement. To some persons
with MCS/EI, exposure to animals can be life-threatening.
Therefore, no pets are allowed anywhere on site .
Residents shall not make or permit
disturbing noises in the building.
Residents shall not play musical instruments
or operate televisions, radios, or stereos in a manner disturbing
to other residents, particularly between the hours of 9:00
p.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Each unit has one parking space. Each
resident should park in the numbered space assigned to their
Remaining spaces are for visitors.
Households with more than one car must
get permission from the Property Manager, to park additional
cars in the parking lot .
The two blue-marked disabled spaces
are for brief, temporary use by residents and guests,
who have current disabled parking placards.
The unmarked space in front of the
front gate is for loading only.
Vehicle engines should not be allowed
to idle on site .
All engines must be turned off as soon
as the vehicle is stopped.
Engines may not be warmed up in the
Ecology House parking lot .
Cars parked on
the streets adjacent to Ecology House
expose residents to fumes. Please do
not idle engines there.
10. Apartment Condition
Residents must maintain apartments in
a safe and uncluttered condition, in order to allow access
Residents may not install shelf paper
with any type of adhesive , including paper with self-adhesives.
Residents must obtain permission
from Ecology House, Inc. before installing foil
or other wall covering, wall shelving , hanging
fixtures , or anything which might damage the apartment
After initial occupancy, residents are
responsible for replacing unit light bulbs.
Costs to repair damage to the apartment
or the property caused by the resident or her/his family and
guests will be charged to the resident .
Tenanat caused damage includes damage
caused while moving furniture, and other items in or out of
Tenant caused damage also includes
damage caused by guests using the community room, under a
Residents should notify the Property
Manager of maintenance needs during regular office hours.
For after hours property maintenance
emergencies, call the answering service 258-4032.
Ecology House, Inc. is responsible for
all maintenance due to normal wear and tear.
Ecology House, Inc. will make every
effort to minimize the use of paint, glue, or other chemicals
in property maintenance .
In an emergency Ecology House Inc. may
need to use toxic materials or chemicals with little or no
notice. In the unlikely event that this occurs Ecology House
Inc. will attempt to notify residents verbally prior to using
If the Ecology House Board determines
that potentially toxic materials must be used to maintain
or improve the property, residents will be given 30 days
advance written notice .
will include the date and specific material(s) to be used.
Whenever possible, residents will
be given 10 days to propose alternate material(s).
If Ecology House, Inc. decides to
use alternate material(s), residents will be re-noticed.
The Ecology House site has no space
for permanent storage outside each apartment.
Greasy tools or machinery cannot be
stored anywhere on site.
Dangerous chemicals, devices or products
and/or flammable items cannot be stored on site.
13. Paints and Glues
Most paints and glues may not be
used on site, by residents or visitors.
This includes most personal-use
artistic paints or glues, and ether/solvent-based markers.
Some artistic, non-toxic or
watercolor paints or water-based glues may be used,
with approval from Ecology House, Inc.
14. Housekeeping Products
15. Laundry Products
The laundry room is for the use of Ecology
House residents only. Only laundry products on the attached
list may be used. (See list)
Use of disallowed laundry products
will be considered tenant-caused damage . (As covered
in the lease, tenants must repair such damage at their own
Each machine in the laundry room
is labeled to show the type of products allowed. The
washer next to the window is for baking soda or clear
water wash only .
No fabric softeners (including those
for the dryer) may be used.
Some people with EI/MCS are especially
sensitive to particulates. In consideration of this, residents
should dissolve laundry powder (including baking soda) in
water before bringing the powder to the laundry room.
Residents may submit additional products
to the Board for inclusion on the list of products.
16. Electric Appliances
With the exception of kitchen appliances,
residents must plug appliances, including TVs, computers,
etc., into walls that do not adjoin other units
Only effectively shielded microwave
ovens may be used on site
Portable florescent lights must not
disturb neighbors (blinds must be closed, etc.)
Residents must wrap and seal garbage securely
before carrying it to the trash room for disposal.
19. Unit Transfers
When a unit is vacated a household
may move to the vacated unit upon request.
The household must pay any costs necessary to refurbish their
old unit for a new tenant.
If more than one household requests
a transfer, priority will go to the household with the resident
who has lived in Ecology House the longest (or who has the
lowest original drawing number).
After a household has one unit transfer,
their priority for future transfers will be based on the date
they moved into the new unit.
Short-term guests are welcome. However,
Ecology House, Inc. must assure that guests who stay for an
extended period are not unauthorized household occupants.
Ecology House, Inc. may request proof
of domicile if it appears that a guest is an unauthorized
Such appearance may occur whenever
a non-tenant is making recurring visits or more than one continuous
visit of 7 days and/or nights in a 6-month period, without
prior notification and approval from Ecology House Inc .
Should the non-tenant not provide
the information needed to confirm other domicile, or
should the facts be sufficient to evidence domicile in Ecology
House, Ecology House Inc. will consider her/him a member
of the tenant household . Ecology House Inc. may require
the non-tenant to submit a rental application, review the
application, recertify household income for the unit, adjust
the rent appropriately, and enforce lease provisions.
21 Keys, Locks and Entry
22. Community Room
The community room is for the use of
Ecology House residents, the Ecology House Board of Directors,
and their accompanied guests.
All guests in the community room
must follow Ecology House Rules.
Written invitations or flyers
must clearly and completely display the Community Room Notice.
All community Room events must
have a host.
of the community room by
groups not hosted by a resident must be approved by the
Board of Ecology
Such an event will be hosted
by a designated Board representatve.
The Board will be responsible for
The host is responsible for
discussing the rules with guests before they arrive and
for assuring that guests comply with the rules.
A resident affected by chemicals
worn/used by a guest, should notify the host.
If an affected resident is
not able to solve her/his problem with the host ,
the affected resident should follow the Ecology
House Dispute Resolution Procedure (or, for
Board sponsored events, the Grievence Procedure).
The host must be present at
all times during the meeting/event.
The host is responsible for
damages caused by guests.
The host is responsible for
leaving the community room clean.
A maximum of 40 people per event
may use the community room and its adjoining outdoor space.
The courtyard is not included
in "adjoining outdoor space."
The community room must be reserved
by contacting the Property Manager.
- Residents may reserve the room
at the same time every week/month, for up to four regularly
There is no charge for using the community
23. Airing Room
The airing room is for short-term
airing of items which will benefit from airing.
Items may be left for up
to 30 days.
Items must be labeled with
the name of the owner and the date it is placed in
Residents should consider
the needs of other residents when taking up airing room
space with very large items.
Ecology House, Inc. is not responsible
for items left in the airing room.
Some items are not allowed in the
airing room. (see list).
Ecology House, Inc. does not insure
resident's furniture and belongings
Ecology House, Inc. recommends
that residents purchase their own renter insurance ,
including liability insurance.
26. House Rules Compliance
- Residents should feel free to contact the Property Manager
or the Board for clarification and /or help with understanding
or complying with these rules.
II. HOUSEKEEPING AND LAUNDRY PRODUCTS
Acceptable Housekeeping Products
Granny's Power Plus
|food grade baking soda
Ecover Dish Detergent
Ecover Laundry Powder
|Pure Castile soap
|Granny's Laundry Liquid
|Granny's E-Z Maid
Acceptable Laundry Products
|food grade baking soda
||Ecover Laundry Powder
||Granny's Laundry Liquid
|Pure Castile soap
Granny's Power Plus
Unacceptable Housekeeping Products (examples)
|| Waxes and Polishes
|Dyes or Shoe Polish
General Cleaning Products
|Car care products used on site
II. ITEMS NOT ALLOWED IN AIRING ROOM
|newly painted items
III. NOTICE FOR INCLUSION
COMMUNITY ROOM ANNOUNCEMENTS:
When you come to Ecology House please be sure that you and your clothing
are free from the following chemicals which may make residents ill:
tobacco or smoke
perfume, cologne, or after-shave
hairspray, mousse, scented shampoo or hair conditioner
scented deodorant, lotion, lipstick
any scented personal care or cosmetic product,
essential or natural oils
medicinal or herbal lotions or oils
pesticide or herbicide
recently dry cleaned clothing
scented laundry detergents (such as Tide)
fabric softener or dryer paper (even those labeled
odor of alcoholic beverages
For more information about Ecology House, please write firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated 9/13/99