Docket Number: FH 110091-RO
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO.: FH 110091-RO 
                                                 DISTRICT RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
             GLOBAL MANAGEMENT,                  DOCKET NO.: EJ 110663-S

                                                 SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                PETITIONER       87-77 169th St., Apt. No. C7,
          ----------------------------------X    Jamaica, NY 11432      

          On August 12, 1991, the above-named owner filed a timely  petition
          for administrative review of an order issued  on  July  25,  1991,
          concerning t e  housing  accommodations  relating  to  the  above-
          described docket number.  

          This administrative appeal is being  determined  pursuant  to  the
          provisions of 2520.6(r) and 2523.4 of the Rent Stabilization Code.

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

          This proceeding was commenced on October 22, 1990 when the  tenant
          filed a complaint asserting that the owner had failed to  maintain
          certain services in the subject apartment.

          In its answer filed on November 9, 1990, the owner  asserted  that
          all required repairs in this subject apartment had been completed.

          In another answer filed on December 26,  1990,  the  owner  stated
          that "the tenant has withdrawn the alleged complaint."

          In a reply filed on May 8,  1991,  the  tenant  asserted  that  it
          "never withdrew the complaint";  that  "the  owner  used  a  paper
          signed" by her for some alleged service, to be used "against us in 
          DHCR"; and that the owner did "not finish the job."

          The owner was not informed of the tenant's rebuttal of the alleged 
          withdrawal and not afforded the  opportunity  to  respond  to  the
          allegation of forgery.

          Thereafter on June 17, 1991, the subject apartment  was  inspected
          by D.H.C.R. which confirmed the existence of defective conditions.

          The Administrator directed on July 25, 1991 restoration  of  these
          services and further ordered a reduction of the stabilized rent.

          In this petition, the owner repeats  its  answer  below  that  the
          tenant withdrew the complaint.

          Docket Number: FH 110091-RO

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is  of  the  opinion
          that this petition should be remanded  to  the  Administrator  for
          further processing.

          It is noted that in the proceeding below, the Administrator failed 
          to inform the owner  of  the  tenant's  rebuttal  of  the  alleged
          withdrawal; and that the owner  was  therefore  not  afforded  the
          opportunity to respond to the allegation of forgery.

          The Administrator is directed to allow the owner  the  opportunity
          to respond to the tenant's allegation of  the  owner  forging  the
          tenant's withdrawal, and to revoke the rent reduction order.   The
          tenant, however, is advised not to pay  any  increases  until  the
          issue of forgery is resolved.  

          If the  Administrator  makes  a  determination  that  the  alleged
          tenant's withdrawal is a forgery, the Administrator is directed to 
          reinvoke the rent reduction order with its original  date  as  the
          effective date of rent reduction.

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

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby  is,  remanded
          to the Administrator for further processing and that the  Adminis-
          trator's order be, and the same hereby is, revoked  in  accordance
          with this Order and Opinion.


                                          ELLIOT SANDER
                                          Deputy Commissioner


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