Housing co-ops in Madison facing internal crisis over rent strike

The catalyst for the conflict was a fire last September that rendered Lothlorien co-op, the group's largest and most valuable property, uninhabitable. The MCC membership ultimately voted to rebuild rather than sell the property on the shore of Lake Mendota, but that decision was marred by controversy. Some members alleged that the staff inflated reconstruction estimates to encourage selling. The staff in turn accused pro-Lothlorien members and former residents of harassment and slander. The fight got ugly and personal.

Ultimately the MCC board of directors voted to not to renew one staff member's contract, effectively firing the person. Staff members contacted by Isthmus did not respond to requests for comment.

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