Friendly Housing Action is a campaigning group representing the interests of fully mutual housing co-operatives.

17 August 2012 Friendly Housing Action has submitted a consultation response to the Welsh Assembly Government, following the publication of their housing strategy document "Homes for Wales: A White Paper for Better Lives and Communities". Our response can be downloaded from the Resources page.


FHA was established in response to the inadvertent inclusion of fully mutual housing co-ops in the HMO licensing regime implemented by the Housing Act 2004. Housing co-ops in Scotland had for some time been exempted under the equivilent Scottish legislation.

Following a successful campaign and gaining the support of the Coalition Government, FHA has secured an exemption from HMO licensing for fully mutual housing co-ops managed by general meeting.

The exemption is included in the Localism Act 2011. Material about the housing co-ops HMO issue is available on this site for archive purposes.