This page introduces you to the workings of our house, what its facilities are, and how you may use and contribute to them. You should read it now, to avoid any issues later.
- Promote an egalitarian and creative space, in which all of us are respectful and considerate of each other's needs.
- Employ decorum to avoid disrupting housemates and workmates in the house, and neighbours out, whatever the hour.
- Respect and leave spaces as you find them, without sullying them for others.
- Use what's fair, not in excess, else replace it or contribute to the budget accordingly.
Understand that participation of both risk and reward in the house is shared, we are are a community managed house to be treated as the home of your fellow housemates, workmates and staff alike. We are most certainly not a commercial service provider, serviced offices, hostel, nor guesthouse.
A contribution to the shared use of our space gives no special privileges, and we regard any disrespect of our guidelines, fellow members or staff as a serious matter that will result in the termination of membership.
If you seek or expect a clear-cut service level, our space is not suited to you and we ask you to find this elsewhere.
‘Hosts’ are volunteers. They may be fellow workmates or housemates, but have committed to providing part-time oversight of our space and community. Our hosts have some authority to ensure operation of our space and the application of our guidelines.
Our hosts are knowledgeable and good people to query if you need guidance or knowledge that's relevant to them, but please do not pester them. Hosts are not staff, and any assistance they may provide is at their discretion. You may view a list of our hosts, or contact the team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our House Manager or Community Manager can also help with most queries. They do hold full authority to ensure these guidelines are followed, and will enforce them if necessary. Failure to respect their requests to adhere to our guidelines will result in termination of membership.
If you have any issue with a fellow housemate failing to respect these guidelines, the house or yourself, please refer to to the responsibility section. Should you have any unresolved issues, or if for any reason you are dissatisfied with your participation, please contact a director (email@example.com).
Our email lists and website connect us together. Just as with our physical space, please exercise discretion when posting. These are intended as a place to seek advice, share opportunities, and pursue ideas. Do not send any 'forwards' nor air your or other's confidential details. The lists are plain-text only and do not accept attachments.
You may post messages to all other members using the following list addresses as per your membership. Ensure these are in your address book or whitelist so that messages do not end up in your spam or bulk folders. You must send from your registered email address (which you may change).
When you become a member you are automatically subscribed to all lists and will start receiving messages—until your membership terminates, or you change your subscription setting (on the Member page).
We invite you to share our house in return for contributions to rent, services and meals, whilst ideally also investing towards improving the space and facilities, and towards our social enterprise goals. Workmates (coworking members) may use our work and common spaces typically only during office hours, whilst housemates may use our private and common spaces throughout their stay at the house.
Membership is by invitation. Register to express your interest. You will then be invited to visit and when accepted if space is available, granted member status pending completion of any membership requirements (e.g. identification, deposit).
This document does not constitute a contract, nor provision of any service. Membership is an informal arrangement, managed under these guidelines.
Allows use of common facilities of our house and workspace desks during Monday–Saturday 9am–9pm, except some holidays. See the working here page for details.
- All plans offer use of the ground floor casual spaces, where you may use the lobby bar, dining table (except at meal times) or hangout on a beanbag of couch. You may not use any other (private) spaces (including any floor above the lobby) unless expressly invited.
- You must checkin online every time you attend the space, either upon arrival, or beforehand (up to a day before). Checkin is automatic upon arrival if you are using an identified Wi-Fi device (check your member page).
- Hotdesking plans offer use of the desks in the basement workspace on a first-come first-served basis. We don't guarantee that a desk will be free for you unless reserved or your plan is for a dedicated desk, and if one is not available please use the other common spaces until one frees-up.
- Office plans offer use of a private room on an exclusive basis, you may share you room however this is a private arrangement for you to make. We provide only table and chairs, however you may furnish as you desire providing no permanent alternations are made.
- Lunches and suppers may be booked before the designated cutoff time, otherwise you may bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee is served at 11am and 4pm.
- If your membership is a monthly plan, your daily access allowance expires at the end of each month, and your first month will be billed pro-rata. Any change to your plan will apply from the next month.
Offers use of a bedroom for a specified period. You will be provided a front-door key for 24/7 access. See the staying here page for general details.
- Your contributions to the house's operational costs is inclusive for short-stay (includes coworking, half-board, A/C or heating, but not additional meals); else for long-stay comprises the rent (room rate), plus expenses (services, staff, etc.) currently at ₨295 per person (ex. discount), plus meals (if any), plus air conditioning (if any), plus booking, and extension or cancellation fee (if any). Longer-stay housemates must provide a deposit upon arrival, which will be refunded upon departure, but if arranged can be credited against your last month's costs. Any credit will be refunded upon departure.
- Your account should be settled in part upon arrival, before the beginning of each month, and before leaving as applicable.
- Cancellation for short-stays is 2-days notice. For longer-stay bookings cancellation is typically only possible one month in advance and only for periods that are subsequently rebooked (for which you will be refunded).
- Longer-term bookings are provisional upon your respect of these guidelines and compatibility with the house. If your behaviour is incompatible, this shall be discussed with you a couple of weeks after arrival, and you may be given 10-days notice.
- You may share your room (but see Guests section below), however you are required to checkin your roommate on the website or notify a host of their presence, and if staying more than one day, you must provide their ID. For longer-stays, your roommate is required to make a contribution towards expenses (₨295) and meals (if any).
- If you or your roommate have not registered with the FFRO, we can assist with this upon your arrival, for which a charge of Rs.1200 will apply. Note that registration is required.
- Be aware that others in the house have varied schedules, therefore unless a party or event is cleared with the House Manager in advance, use of any common spaces is not permitted after midnight unless silent. Activity in all spaces should be quiet from 11pm, or 2am on friday and saturday nights. Outdoor activity must be quiet from 10pm per colony rules.
- Regularly visiting colleagues are required to become workmate members.
- Replacement of lost keys is charged at ₹500. Please be sure to keep your keys safe as their loss is a risk not only to you but our house also. You must ensure you close and lock doors and gates behind you.
We strongly recommend that new housemates post to the mailing list introducing themselves before arrival, advising their arrival time so that someone may greet them.
Our chef Dominic, prepares and serves lunches and suppers from our common kitchen on the ground floor. These are typically spicy to some degree, but will include a salad and at least once a week dishes such as quiche or pizza are made. Please feel free to discuss suggestions for meals with Dominic and other members.
- Teas, coffee, milk, and filtered water are free for all, please avail yourself.
- Housemates may prepare their own breakfast from the common supplies, which include bread, yoghurt, eggs, milk, and other indicated ingredients — but no other supplies.
- Lunch and supper are available if booked online from your account, and can be set aside if you will not be present at the usual time (be sure to inform Dominic).
- Speciality meals may be prepared on occasion and will be noted on the menu.
- Dietetic meals having special requirements, may be accommodated only if our cook has time, although he may make time if you provide a bonus! Please confirm requirements before hand, or with our cook in person, so as to ensure that you can be accommodated.
Upon booking a meal, your account will be debited for its cost. No refund is available for meals that are booked but not eaten.
Lunch and supper are prepared by Dominic every day except Sunday and holidays. Please don't be greedy and leave enough for everyone else. Your contribution covers only a single portion, if you'd like to eat more heartily please make an additional contribution.
- Lunch is served around 1–2pm. Help yourself to supper from the prepared dishes in the kitchen from 6–9pm.
- If making take-away orders from restaurants, please consider coordinating with other members and be sure to provide your name, room number, or floor (ground, basement) so that you can be identified upon delivery (otherwise it may be turned away).
- In the evenings to prevent the proliferation of creepy crawlies please rinse and stack all used dishes.
Housemates may use the the common kitchen providing it will not disrupt our cook or anything happening in the lobby (typically not between 11 am and 6pm on workdays). Workmates may only heat or serve meals prepared at home and brought with them or delivered.
- Housemate's own private groceries may be stored in the upper cupboards to the left of the fridge in the common kitchen.
- You may not use any supplies, common or private in any kitchen except your own. Vegetable and fruit sellers with carts pass outside the house every morning between 10–12 (and ring the door bell), you may ask our cook to purchase items for you if you will not be around.
- Do not leave left over food around the kitchen, nor unsealed foods in any location.
- Use of Air conditioning (desirable May-Oct; most rooms have split-ACs) and heating (desirable Dec–Jan; fan-heaters provided for short-stays only), is metered for longer-stays and will be billed as used. We recommend setting your AC to 27°C and setting the off/sleep timer for a few hours (press the button repeatedly until the desired off time is shown, then press Set/On).
- Cleaning may be requested once per week. If you prefer that the maid has no access to your room please advise the House Manager and coordinate so that you are present when cleaning is required.
- Clothes washing should be requested from the maid, but may be done yourself using the machine in the private kitchen (middle floor) in moderation, clothes lines for drying are on the top floor corner terrace.
- Be aware that water restrictions are not infrequent, therefore please limit your use of water, especially when notified that a limited supply is in effect. Nobody will be happy if you use all the water taking a long shower. (As throughout Delhi, we have large tanks, but these can be depleted within two days if the public supply has not replenished them.)
- Toilet roll (bathroom tissue) is available from the kitchen supplies, avoid using it excessively and do not flush anything that may block the system—else you'll be calling the plumber (₨750). Use of the bidet nozzle is suggested!
- Hot water heaters (geysers) should be turned on about 30 minutes before use, and should be turned off when not in use, especially when away and during the summer.
- Beds may be configured as a double or two singles, with extra futons available. During the chilly period, quilts are provided but please use a top sheet under them to reduce washing. Excessive wear and tear will be deducted from your deposit.
- Tap water here (but not necessarily elsewhere) is typically safe for drinking however we recommend drinking the filtered water instead.
- A plug-in mosquito repellant unit is provided in each room, but you must supply your own repellant which is available from local stores. It is advisable to turn this on in normal mode (green light) for a few hours before bed each day—but do not leave it on longer unless you enjoy breathing insecticide.
- Upon arrival you will be provided with one bedroom key and one front door key. Locking your bedroom door is up to you, if you request cleaning our housekeeper will unlock it for the cleaner. You must keep the front door locked between 9pm and 8am.
- All members are responsible for the actions of their guests at all times, and should therefore induct them in our guidelines and ensure adherence to them.
- Workmates and housemates may accept guests for short visits in the casual area only, providing they are present to greet them and throughout their visit, except after 6pm unless cleared with a Host. Colleagues and associates who need to visit for longer should be checked in with a visitor pass, or apply for a membership themselves.
- Housemates are further permitted guests during the weekend, however the House Manager must be informed of, or you should check-in guests visiting for more than a couple of hours.
- Guests may participate in meals if you book an additional meal for them.
- Parties or events must be pre-arranged with the House Manager but are restricted in frequency to maintain good neighbourly relations. The host of the event must be present at all times and is responsible for ensuring that all guests depart, and for any damage.
As with any shared house, housemates are expected to contribute some time towards ensuring the upkeep, maintenance, operation and improvement of our space, as a communal effort. The staff typically provide only cleaning and cooking, but are available to assist with other issues where possible as their time or ability allows.
Common housekeeping tasks, such as restocking supplies or for cleaning, should be addressed directly to the House Manager or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All other tasks should be immediately reported using the form on the member page, and may be discussed on the housemates mailing list.
All damage is at your own expense, for anything you break or sully, please replace it with an equivalent, or make a corresponding contribution.
- Do not disconnect or reconfigure any devices. If you break the internet, everyone's gonna be unhappy.
- Our protected WiFi networked is named Moonlighting supporting 2.4Ghz. There is also an open hotspot named Moonlighting Visitors however usage of this is throttled. Our internet connection is a 2Mbps leased line connection. Please avoid making large downloads or using streaming video etc, on the connection to avoid hogging bandwidth. Abuse of the internet connection will be considered a serious matter, and your use may be throttled. A second hotspot named 'Moonlighting DSL' is available in the lobby and basement, providing 4Mbps for downloads.
- You may play music on the lounge sound system wirelessly via AirPlay from any newer Mac (alt-click the audio menu) iTunes, an iPod/iPhone, an Android phone using Honey Player, or Winamp using the Remote Speakers plugin) and of course directly using a minijack cable to the amplifier. If in use you may ask the current user to relinquish the speakers after a fair time. However please avoid disturbing others with unsuitable or loud music, and do not play music from any other speakers (e.g. your laptop or mobile) except in private spaces. A library of music is shared on the network in iTunes (and file sharing).
- You may play video on the lounge screen, but not during daytime on weekdays unless you check with others present first. You may connect a USB drive directly to the plasma screen (socket is bottom-left side, and select the USB input); use the VGA or HDMI cable and audio minijack. It's easiest just to play video from the Mac mini directly, or via AirPlay (from newer Macs simply click the display menuitem and choose 'Lobby', from older Macs use apps such as Beamer, or from Windows try AirParrot), the HDMI cable need unplugging from the rear of the monitor and into the bottom-left side of the plasma screen, then select input>HDMI3. To put video files on the Mac mini, copy files to ‘Member's Public Folder’ on the ‘Moonlighting’ shared computer to be found on the network. You can also plug a USB drive into the USB extension cable next to the monitor. Do not connect or disconnect anything from the rear.
- A printer is available on the network and is located in the workspace, for both printing, scanning, and copying. To print either configure it on your computer after tuning it on, or you can print JPEG files from a USB drive or flash card on the printer itself. If you print or fax more than a few pages please contribute Rs.5 per page for black and white prints and Rs.10 for colour. Scanning may be performed directly to your Mac by simply opening the Image Capture application.
- Any use of P2P download apps during coworking hours is likely to result in your connection being severely throttled. If you wish to use BitTorrent, you may drop .torrent files into the Downloads folder of the ‘Moonlighting’ Mac mini computer on the network, and your download will be run in a managed queue (at night) without impeding other network users. Otherwise restrict use of your own BitTorrent client and any other download applications to night-time, and limit the download rate to no more than 32kB/s, with upload at 8kB/s and max connections at 40.
- If you're the last in a room, when you leave turn off lights and appliances, and close windows and doors (to prevent pigeons, cats, monkeys and the like from getting in).
- We accept postal mail for housemates only. The House Manager may be willing to accept occasional deliveries for workmates and hold them upon request. All other mail will be discarded.
Your account is debited in advance (typically before arrival and before each month begins) for all your contributions. You may settle your account by a couple of different methods.
Any account not settled within 7 days of arrival, or before the 1st of the month, shall incur an Rs.1,000 penalty fee.
Deposits and refunds on a positive balance should be arranged prior to membership cessation, and will not be made prior to its end. Payout is made in cash, or only for amounts greater than Rs.5,000 by PayPal, by bank transfer subject to fees (free for India and UK), else any account balance may be transferred to another member. If not requested within 30 days of cessation, any balance shall be considered a donation.
- We have infrared security video cameras operating at the entrance, therefore these spaces should be treated as having no privacy. A continuous live video and audio feed is available to members. The feed data is archived and available to hosts for a number of days, but is deleted thereafter.
- Membership creates a profile using the details provided by you, and visible to other members, coworkers in other spaces, or the public. Host profiles are always public, however contact details will still respect the privacy setting.
- Probation may result in certain account details being made public irrespective of your privacy settings.
- Your signin password is saved as a non-decodeable salted hash (better than encryption, as it cannot be read). All other private data is secured as far as is reasonable.
- All visits and stays are tracked and made visible on our public web site. You can not opt out of this, however if your profile is members-only, your name will be abbreviated in the public log. Upon expiry of your membership you may remove your profile, and public log entries will be abbreviated.
Strive to defer your values to those of our community and neighbourhood as a guest, without attracting undue attention or reputation upon ourselves and our community.
- In the circumstance of inappropriate behaviour, it shall lie with the member to pro-actively and swiftly resolve such matters of their contribution or cause—before the further involvement of others. All members should raise issue with any behaviour contrary to the guidelines, after balanced consideration, ideally by directly addressing a protagonist, but otherwise through the House Manager, a Host, or anonymously on the website.
- We shall maintain the right upon discretion of the House Manager or a director, and especially in the case of no remedy, to eject anyone from our premises.
- Please use your mobile phone and other devices considerately: turn on vibrate mode or reduce the ring volume, and if you take a call in a common area please avoid disturbing anyone, likewise for the use of laptop speakers. Making multiple frequent or loud calls (such as for sales) will likely lead to membership being terminated for 'breaking the peace' — our workspace is not a commercial office. Please consider taking a team room if you need such facilities.
- Smoking inside the house anywhere and at any time is not permitted. Smoking on balconies and other outdoor areas is acceptable if no one else is likely to object (people above you too!).
You are encouraged to ensure you have adequate insurance throughout your stay. You are entirely responsible for your own property and well-being inside and outside the house. You enter the property and accept its use as seen. Nobody is responsible for anyone's negligence in protecting yourself or your property, be it due to theft, creepy-crawlies, an act of god, a fellow housemate or any other circumstance.
Should any member at anytime feel that the house presents a risk to you or your property you must raise this with a director, and you may immediately resign your membership. Your remaining balance shall be refunded without normal penalty under the guidelines, but subject to approval by vote.
A membership is placed on probation under certain circumstances, such as late-payment of your account or infractions of the guidelines.
When on probation, your profile is marked as such and certain privileges shall be restricted.
Release is automatic after a period of time for minor incidents of member-initiated probation, or immediate if the cause is sufficiently explained to the House Manager and apologised for immediately after the infraction (per 'Responsibility'). Otherwise shall only be by agreement amongst a panel of members only.
Changes and continuation
Any changes to these terms shall be notified to current housemates via the mailing list. Future housemates are required to check or recheck this page before arrival.
Should you disagree with any change or point of these terms you may instigate a community discussion to consider changing them, however they shall nonetheless apply to you continuously from confirmation of membership, until you should resign your membership and leave the house.