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The Housing Administration (England and Wales) Rules 2018

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7.40.—(1) The housing administrator may deliver a notice to each person to whom a document will be required to be delivered in the housing administration proceedings which contains—

(a)a statement that future documents in the proceedings other than those mentioned in paragraph (2) will be made available for viewing and downloading on a website without notice to the recipient and that the housing administrator will not be obliged to deliver any such documents to the recipient of the notice unless the housing administrator is requested to do so by that person;

(b)a telephone number, email address and postal address which may be used to make a request for a hard copy of a document;

(c)a statement that the recipient of the notice may at any time request a hard copy of any or all of the following—

(i)all documents currently available for viewing on the website;

(ii)all future documents which may be made available there; and

(d)the address of the website and any password required to view and download a relevant document from that site.

(2) A statement under paragraph (1)(a) does not apply to the following documents—

(a)a document for which personal delivery is required;

(b)a notice under rule 5.26 of intention to declare a dividend; and

(c)a document which is not delivered generally.

(3) A document is delivered generally if it is delivered to some or all of the following classes of person—

(a)members;

(b)contributories;

(c)creditors;

(d)any class of members, contributories or creditors.

(4) A housing administrator who has delivered a notice under paragraph (1) is under no obligation—

(a)to notify a person to whom the notice has been delivered when a document to which the notice applies has been made available on the website; or

(b)to deliver a hard copy of such a document unless a request is received under paragraph (1)(c).

(5) A housing administrator who receives such a request—

(a)in respect of a document which is already available on the website must deliver a hard copy of the document to the recipient free of charge within five business days of receipt of the request; and

(b)in respect of all future documents must deliver each such document in accordance with the requirements for delivery of such a document in the Act and these Rules.

(6) A document to which a statement under paragraph (1)(a) applies must—

(a)remain available on the website for the period required by rule 7.41; and

(b)be in such a format as to enable it to be downloaded within a reasonable time of an electronic request being made for it to be downloaded.

(7) A document which is delivered to a person by means of a website in accordance with this rule is deemed to have been delivered—

(a)when the relevant document was first made available on the website; or

(b)if later, when the notice under paragraph (1) was delivered to that person.

(8) Paragraph (7) does not apply in respect of a person who has made a request under paragraph (1)(c)(ii) for hard copies of all future documents.

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