Berkshire Community Land Trust is a regional organization that holds land via local grassroots community land trusts. The Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires holds 49 acres of land comprised of two neighborhoods — Forest Row and Alvastra — and Indian Line Farm.
In 2015 we developed a new lease agreement for all leaseholders. It is updated to be more user friendly. The purchase and sale process is updated to include more protections for the leaseholder. The definition of full-time local resident has been extended from six months to eight months. The term of the lease has been reduced from 99 years to 98 years.
We have developed a Buyer Selection Process & Criteria, which we will update from time to time, to guide the Board through the purchase and sale of buildings on our community-owned land.
Lease change fees and transaction fees help us cover the legal and administrative costs of creating and changing lease agreements. Here is our current list of fees.
Effective 9/21/2021: The maximum resale price approved by the Board of Trustees is valid for as long as the property is on the market. If the property is taken off the market for more than 30 days, the board must re-evaluate the maximum resale price.
The three sites owned by the Berkshire Community Land Trust are ancestral homelands of the Mohican people. Today, the tribe continues as a federally-recognized Indian Nation in northern Wisconsin called the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians.