Powers of Association, Board, and Shareholders


B1 The Association shall have power to do anything that a natural or corporate person can lawfully do which is necessary or expedient to achieve its objects, except as expressly prohibited in these Rules.

B2 Without limiting its general powers under rule B1, and only so far as is necessary or expedient to achieve its objects, the Association shall have power to:

B2.1 purchase, acquire or dispose, take or grant any interest in property including any mortgage, charge, floating charge or other security whatsoever;

B2.2 construct or carry out works to buildings;

B2.3 help any charity or other body not trading for profit in relation to housing and related services;

B2.4 subject to rules F12, F13 and F14, borrow money or issue bonds, notes loan stock or any other debt instrument or enter into any transaction having the effect of borrowing;

B2.5 enter into and perform any Derivative Transaction on such terms as the Association thinks fit for the purpose of hedging or otherwise managing any treasury risk or other financial exposure of the Association;

B2.6 subject to rule F15, invest the funds of the Association;

B2.7 lend or make grants or donations of money on such terms as the Association shall think fit;

B2.8 guarantee, enter into any contract of indemnity or suretyship in relation to, or provide security for, the borrowing or performance of the obligations of any other organisation, in each case on such terms as the Association shall think fit;

B2.9 pay insurance premiums in respect of insurance taken out to insure Officers and employees against the cost of a successful defence to a criminal prosecution brought against them as Officers or against personal liability incurred in respect of any act or omission which is or is alleged to be a breach of trust or a breach in relation to any Group Member or as a trustee of any pension fund of any Group Member;

B2.10 support, administer or acquire other corporate bodies.

B3 The Association shall not have power to receive money on deposit in any way which would require authorisation under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 or any other authority required by statute unless it has such authorisation.

Powers of the Board

B4 The business of the Association shall be directed by the Board.

B5 Apart from those powers which must be exercised in General Meeting:

B5.1 by statute; or

B5.2 under these Rules;

all the powers of the Association may be exercised by the Board for and in the name of the Association.

B6 The Board shall have power to delegate, in writing, subject to rules D29-D33, the exercise of any of its powers. Such delegation may include any of the powers and discretions of the Board.

Limited powers of Shareholders in General Meetings

B7 The Association in General Meetings can only exercise the powers of the Association expressly reserved to it by these Rules or by statute.


B8 The certificate of an Officer of the Association that a power has been properly exercised shall be conclusive as between the Association and any third party acting in good faith.

B9 A person acting in good faith who does not have actual notice of these Rules or the Association’s regulations shall not be concerned to see or enquire if the Board’s powers are restricted by these Rules or such regulations.

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