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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

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Royal Charter and Byelaws

We were granted a Royal Charter in 1984.

The origins of CIH can be traced to 1916. We were granted a Royal Charter in 1984 and our work is governed by the Royal Charter and Byelaws.

The Charter and Byelaws determine the governance arrangements for the organisation, together with the activities that it can pursue and the regulation of procedures.

Our compliance with the Royal Charter and Byelaws is overseen by the Privy Council.

Download a copy of the Charter and Byelaws 2015

Educational charity

As well as having a Royal Charter we are also a registered charity, with education at the core of our charitable status.

We must therefore fully comply with the requirements of the law relating to charities. Our activities are regulated by the Charity Commissioners in England and Wales, and The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator in Scotland.

England charity number 244067/R and in Scotland number SCO40324


Legal framework

We are a chartered corporation. This means it is similar to a company in that CIH is a body of persons, which is recognised by law as having a distinct personality; can sue or be sued; and has the power to hold property for the purposes defined by the constitution of CIH, the Charter and Byelaws.





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