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The History And Legal Basis

Since the Nineties, central and local government have invited local people to take a more active role in managing their communities by creating Tenant

Management Organisations  with delegated management and maintenance responsibilities. FCHS was created in 2004 as a part of this trend.

FCHS is a Friendly Society registered under the provisions of the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965, the aims and objectives of the company are for the benefit of the community.

The governing documents of FCHS are the Modular Management Agreement(MMA) and the Rules. The MMA is an agreement between the Southwark Council and FCHS bywhich means the Council appoints FCHS as its agent to carry out certain housing management functions. The MMA is a comprehensive  legal document which regulates the many aspects of delivering housing services by FCHS, and describes the relationship with Southwark Council and its tenants. The MMA can only be changed by an agreement between FCHS and the Council. 

The Rules of FCHS is a much more concise document which sets out the governance structure of the organisation. It outlines the procedures for the membership of FCHS, its meetings, the powers of the Housing Committee etc. The Rules of FCHS can be only be  changed by members at a General Meeting.