Membership policy

Cornwall Rural Housing Association (CRHA) is a charitable housing association, a Registered Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 and is a Registered Provider of social housing and as such our activities are regulated by Homes England and the Regulator of Social Housing.

CRHA was set up in 1985 to:

“…carry on for the benefit of the community the business of providing and managing housing (which may include social housing) and providing assistance to help house people ..”

CRHA is committed to achieving as wide a shareholding membership as possible in order to enhance its accountability to the local community.

The Association is controlled by a Board of Management which is drawn from and elected by the shareholding members.

Membership criteria

  • Any tenant of the Association. (Any tenant who is in arrears with their rent or is otherwise in breach of their Tenancy Agreement is not eligible to become a member of the Association.)
  • Any individual over the age of 18 living or working in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly who can demonstrate a commitment to increasing the supply of affordable rented housing in this part of the country.

Cost of membership

To become a member a one pound share in the Association must be purchased.

How to apply for membership

Any applications for membership should be made in writing to the Association’s registered office and be accompanied by the one pound required to purchase the share.

Every application will be considered by the Board at the next available meeting.

If the application is approved the applicant will be issued with a share.

If the application is not approved the applicant will be informed and the money returned.


A member is entitled to stand for election to the Association Board of Management and also to vote in those elections.

Members will receive invitations to all CRHA official functions, such as scheme openings and the Annual General Meeting.

CRHA would hope that members take the opportunity to have a say in how the Association is run and also promote its work whenever and wherever they can.

Further information:

If you wish to discuss this matter in more detail, please contact our Chief Executive, or telephone him  on 01208 892000. We would also be happy to provide you with any further information you may require on the work that we do.