STATE OF NEW YORK
                          OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                   GERTZ PLAZA
                             92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                             JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

      APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO. DE210532RT  

           Ambrosia Arroyo,                   DISTRICT RENT OFFICE
                                              DOCKET NO. K3102304R/T
                                              Owner: Giset Realty 
                                                     (prior owner) 
                                              SeyFarth Management Co.
                               PETITIONER            (Present owner)


      On May 26, 1989, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a Petition for 
      Administrative Review against an order issued on May 12, 1989 by the 
      Rent Administrator, 92-31 Union Hall Street, Jamaica, New York 
      concerning the housing accommodations known as 465 46th Street, 
      Apartment 12A, Brooklyn, New York wherein the Administrator terminated 
      the proceeding.

      The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in the record and has 
      carefully considered that portion of the record relevant to the issue 
      raised by the administrative appeal.  

      The tenant commenced this proceeding on March 21, 1984 by filing a 
      complaint of rent overcharge and a Fair Market Rent Appeal.

      In response, the prior owner stated that it had sold the subject 
      building.  The present owner, who was served with a copy of the 
      complaint on April 10, 1989, did not respond.

      During the course of the proceedings, the prior owner advised that the 
      matter had been settled and submitted a copy of a letter signifying the 
      tenant's intent to withdraw the complaint.

      In the order here under review, based upon the withdrawal of the 
      complaint, the Administrator terminated the proceeding.

      In her appeal, the tenant requests that the proceeding be reopened 
      because the present owner has not settled with her.

      The prior owner contends that it has settled with the tenant and that 
      the matter should be referred to the present owner.


      The Commissioner is of the opinion that this proceeding should be 
      remanded for further processing.

      On May 19, 1988, the tenant was requested to confirm her withdrawal of 
      the complaint within ten (10) days.  The tenant's response which was 
      received by the DHCR on May 27, 1988 denied the withdrawal.

      Moreover, pursuant Section 2520.13 of the Rent Stabilization Code, an 
      agreement to waive the benefit of any provision of the Rent 
      Stabilization Law and Code is void; provided, however, that based upon 
      a negotiated settlement between the parties and with the approval of the 
      DHCR, or a court of competent jurisdiction where a tenant is represented 
      by counsel, a tenant may withdraw, with prejudice, any complaint pending 
      before the DHCR.  The record indicates that the tenant was not 
      represented.  Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that the withdrawal by 
      the tenant is void.

      THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent Stabilization 
      Law and Code, it is 

      ORDERED, that this proceeding be remanded for further processing and 
      that a decision be reached on the merits resolving the tenant's 


                                         Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                         Deputy Commissioner

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