EH 110012-RT


                                  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.:   
                                                  EH 110012-RT             
                    ELIDA NEGRO,
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                  PETITIONER     EF 110197-R         
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          ORDER AND OPINION REMANDING PROCEEDING TO THE RENT ADMINISTRATOR


          On August 2, 1990,  the  above-named  petitioner-tenant  filed  a
          Petition For Administrative Review against an order issued  by  a
          Rent Administrator concerning  housing  accommodations  known  as
          Apartment F-8 at 89-21 153rd Street, Jamaica, New  York,  wherein
          the Rent Administrator  terminated  the  proceeding  because  the
          tenant had withdrawn the complaint.

          The issue in this appeal is whether the District Rent Administra 
          tor's order was warranted.

          This proceeding was originally commenced by the  filing  on  June
          10, 1990 of a rent overcharge complaint by the tenant.

          On June 29, 1990 the owner submitted an answer to  the  complaint
          which contained only the declaration in English that  the  tenant
          hereby withdraws the complaint against the  landlord.   The  ten-
          ant's signature appeared on the bottom of this statement.

          On July 6, 1990, the Rent Administrator  issued  the  order  here
          under review whereby it was  determined  to  terminate  the  pro-
          ceeding because the tenant had withdrawn the complaint.

          In her petition, the tenant protests this action,  claiming  that
          she does not read or speak English and that  the  landlord  never
          explained to her what she was signing.



          The Commissioner is of the considered opinion that this  petition
          be granted and that the proceeding be remanded to the Rent Admin 
          istrator for processing.

          Pursuant to Section 2520.13 of  the  current  Rent  Stabilization
          Code, any waiver of benefits under the Code is void unless  based
          upon a negotiated settlement between the  parties  and  with  the
          approval of the DHCR or by  a  court  of  competent  jurisdiction







          EH 110012-RT
          where the tenant is represented by counsel.

          In the instant case, the tenant, who  asserts  her  inability  to
          read or speak English, was not respresented by counsel  when  she
          signed a  withdrawel  statement  that  was  written  in  English.
          Furthermore, she at no time ever notified the Rent  Administrator
          that she wished to withdraw her complaint.  Since the  withdrawel
          fails to meet the standards enunciated in the Code, it is void.

          The Commissioner hereby remands the proceeding to the Rent Admin 
          istrator for a determination of the apartment's  legal  regulated
          rent.  


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

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby  is,  granted
          to the extent of remanding this proceeding to the  District  Rent
          Administrator for further  processing  in  accordance  with  this
          Order and Opinion.


          ISSUED:


                                                                           
                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Deputy Commissioner
    

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