Collective Agreements

Coordination Meeting

We meet on Mondays at 10:00 to distribute information, make plans and generally coordinate. All residents are recommended to join.


Everybody who wants to come to the space and integrate needs to either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, have had the illness within the last 6 months, can show a negative PCR test that has been taken less than 48 hours ago, or has a negative quick test that has been taken less than 24 hours ago.

English as default language

We are an international project and want non-German speakers to be part of our everyday life. English is therefore our default, common language both online and in-house. German will necessarily be used on bureaucratic or technical grounds: do ask for a translation if you are interested and weren't offered. We love all other languages, but ask speakers to remain aware they are usually more exclusive. In our day-to-day communication we use a lot of creative language mixes (Denglish, Frenglish) and are happy for this to continue :)

Power Hour

We meet on Thursdays at 10:00 to briefly plan what communal cleaning needs to be done, and then clean for an hour. This is in addition to ordinary cleaning, not a replacement. All residents are recommended to join.

Social sauna

We hold a session every four weeks to surface social tensions and conflicts in the house. It's not necessarily about solving problems, but giving residents the opportunity to speak out loud anything that bothers them and affects community life. Visitors are not invited. Volunteers and members are recommended to join.

In the weeks where no social sauna takes place, we reserve a time slot for an optional sharing circle (a space to openly share thoughts and feelings) which everyone may attend.

Hosting Duty

Hosts—Volunteers or Members which agree to host a Visitor—are responsible for taking care that their Visitor and the other residents have the best time possible. This responsibility includes tour-guiding, question answering, helping to avoid common problems and resolving tensions. Hosts are also responsible for organizing a check-in for the Visitor after the Visitor has spent ~7 days at Kanthaus. The check-in round is an informal chat in which the Visitor, their host and one or two Volunteers/Members see how things are going for the Visitor and other residents. Hosting Duty should be explicitly transferred if the current host leaves for more than 2 or 3 days.

Quiet Hours

We want everyone to be able to sleep well. A general guideline is to be as quiet as possible between 00:00 and 07:00, especially (near to) where people sleep K20-2 and K22-2. Only do loud things between 09:00 and 21:00. Significant deviations to this guideline should be proposed in advance, preferably at the Coordination Meeting.

Clear Table Policy

Please help keep the shared table space as usable as possible. In general, clear space as soon as you are finished. If you need to leave things on a table, try do so in a way that leaves as much space for others (e.g. stack papers on top of your laptop.) The living room and main kitchen tables should always be left clear: don't leave these table with anything on them and wipe unless very clean.

Clear Windowsill Policy

Every room needs at least one window that can be easily opened: please do not leave anything on the windowsill that is currently clear.

Don't break the windows

Please use the window holders. If there isn't a window holder or if it's not possible to use it, don't leave it unattended or find another way to prevent it from slamming.


Do not smoke at all within the buildings. If you smoke outside, please ensure that smoke does not come in through open doors or windows. Do not throw cigarette butts on the ground! They can be disposed of in the black bin in the garden.


Kanthaus is not a bar: please do not come here with drinking as a primary purpose and be aware that alcohol consumption will not be considered as an excuse or justification of behavior. That said, responsible alcohol consumption is tolerated. Please contact a Volunteer or Member with concerns or questions regarding this topic.


Animals are not necessarily welcome due to factors such as: allergic reactions, hair-shedding, defecation, damage to resources, biting and other undesirable behaviors. Potential animal residents will be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact a Member to discuss bringing an animal.

Changes to the Collective Agreements

Any addition, subtraction or other change to this document should be made according to the Constitution.