Alexandria, Virginia, is considering regulating what it calls “co-housing,” but what exactly qualifies as co-housing may not be completely clear.
The city said co-housing would include rooming and boarding houses, single room occupancy and some types of group living arrangements. But a spokesperson for Cohousing.org told Alexandria Living that what the city is considering regulating is actually co-living — not co-housing.
The difference is co-living involves the communal use of shared bathrooms and common spaces, such as kitchens and living rooms. Co-housing, on the other hand, involves individual units with their own kitchens and bathrooms.
Co-living is already going on in Alexandria, with people renting out spare bedrooms.
The city is taking feedback though April 11 on possible regulations for what it is calling co-housing. There’s an informational video online with a chance for you to weigh-in after watching it.
WTOP’s Matthew Delaney contributed to this report.