DH230045RO



                         STATE OF NEW YORK
            DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
                  OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                           GERTZ PLAZA
                     92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                     JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433


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IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE        ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
APPEAL OF                                  DOCKET NO.: DH230045RO
                                                       DG230283RT
STATE LAFAYETTE COMPANY
                                           RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                           DOCKET NO.: CK230064B
 
                        PETITIONER         SJR 5679            
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   ORDER AND OPINION MODIFYING PRIOR ORDER OF THE COMMISSIONER
               PURSUANT TO JUDGEMENT OF THE COURT

On February 14, 1991, the Commissioner denied two petitions for 
administrative review of an order issued on July 7, 1989 by the 
Rent Administrator, concerning the housing accommodations known as
950 East 14th Street, various apartments, Brooklyn, N.Y., one of 
which was filed by the tenants on July 11, 1989 and one by the 
owner on July 31, 1989.

Thereafter, the owner commenced an Article 78 proceeding 
challenging the correctness of the Commissioner's order.  By order 
dated March 31, 1992, under Index No.10075/91 Judge Huttner granted 
the owner's Article 78 petition to the extent of remanding the 
proceeding to the Division for consideration of whether statements 
of seventeen tenants, submitted to the court in the Article 78 
proceeding, constitute withdrawal of those tenants from the 
proceeding commenced under Docket No. CK230064B.

The Commissioner notes at the outset that the statements which were 
attached to the court's order were signed by twelve and not 
seventeen tenants.  While all the statements are photocopies, some 
are duplicates of others which may account for the difference in 
the number.  The statements attached to the court order are signed 
by the following tenants:

Neil         Apt 1M      Obshatcko/    6M         Smith      1C
Kagampvsky       3P      Picardi                  Strosberg  1H
Shapiro          2K      Cumberbatch   3H         Mocza      1F    
Cuthill          3F      Tsigelman     5B         Ashkanozy  1P    
Chulyakof        1D













          DH230045RO



          The statements with one exception, are undated, only the statement 
          of tenant Mocza is dated October 3, 1989.  Assuming the others were 
          signed around the same time, the Administrator's order issued on 
          July 7, 1989 pre-dates these attempted withdrawals from the 
          proceeding.

          Section 2520.13 of the Rent Stabilization Code in pertinent part 
          permits a tenant to withdraw any complaint which is pending before 
          the DHCR.

          Since the proceeding was decided before the tenants' statements 
          were purportedly signed, the statements by tenants withdrawing from 
          the proceeding have no effect.  A statement from a complaining 
          tenant withdrawing a complaint would be given effect only when 
          notice of the withdrawal has been given to the agency prior to the 
          issuance of the Administrator's order.  Once an order is issued, a 
          withdrawal of the underlying complaint by certain tenants, based on 
          a settlement with the owner, has no effect.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the judgement of the court, it is 

          ORDERED, that the Commissioner's prior order and opinion issued on 
          February 14, 1991, denying tenants' and owner's petitions for 
          administrative review be, and the same hereby are, affirmed; and 
          it is

          FURTHER ORDERED, that the statements signed by twelve tenants which 
          were referred to in the court order do not constitute withdrawal by 
          those tenants of their complaints under Docket No. CK230064B, 
          inasmuch as the Commissioner finds that the statements are either 
          undated or were signed after the issuance of the Administrator's 
          order on July 7, 1989.



          ISSUED:

                                               
                                                   
                                                                             
                                                  Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                                  Deputy Commissioner    

    

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