About RBH

Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH) is the UK’s first tenant and employee co-owned mutual housing society, with over 13,500 homes throughout the local area.

What is RBH?

RBH is one of 10,000 mutual societies registered with the Financial Conduct Authority: https://mutuals.fsa.gov.uk/?/

Legal form

RBH is a community benefit society as defined by the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Act 2014.

Purpose and Objects

  1. The purpose of the Society is to carry on business for the benefit of the community.
  2. Its objects are to carry on for the benefit of the community:
    1. the business of providing and/or managing social housing, housing, accommodation, and providing assistance to help house people and associated facilities and amenities for poor people or for the relief of aged, disabled, handicapped (whether physically or mentally) or chronically sick people; and
    2. any other charitable object that can be carried out from time to time by a community benefit society registered as a non-profit private registered provider of social housing with the Housing Regulator.

Charitable status

RBH is a charity.  Within our rules we have charitable objects (or ‘aims’).  We are not registered with the Charity Commission.  HMRC has formally recognised our charitable status for tax purposes.

You can view the RBH Mutual Rules here [pdf] 824KB

Housing regulation

RBH is a registered provider of social housing.  Registered providers are commonly called housing associations.  RBH is registered with the Regulator of Social Housing, our registration number is 4607. You can find out more information about the regulator here.