Docket Number: FH 210032-RO
                                  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.: FH 210032-RO  
                                                
                                                 DISTRICT RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
            1530 REALTY CO/M. LIEBERMAN,         DOCKET NO.: DJ 210552-S

                                                 SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                                 1530 East 19th St., Apt. 3D
                                PETITIONER       Brooklyn, NY 11230
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                   ORDER AND OPINION REMANDING PROCEEDING ON APPEAL

          On August 5, 1991, the above-named owner filed  a  timely  petition
          for administrative review of an  order  issued  on  July  1,  1991,
          concerning t e  housing  accommodations  relating  to  the   above-
          described docket number.  

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

          This proceeding was commenced on October 10, 1989 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 16, 1989,  the  owner  submitted  a
          letter allegedly signed by the tenant, stating that this case  "has
          been settled" on November 13, 1989 and requesting the Administrator 
          to "please confirm the closing of the above  matters"  due  to  the
          tenant's withdrawal of the complaint.

          After more than a year and a half, on June 10,  1991,  the  subject
          apartment was inspected by D.H.C.R. which confirmed  the  existence
          of defective conditions.

          Based on said inspection, the Administrator  directed  on  July  1,
          1991 restoration of these services and further ordered a  reduction
          of the stabilized rent.

          In this petition, the owner reiterated  its  answer  below  with  a
          tenant-signed letter stating "the closing of the above matter."

          In reply, the tenant stated that the "(l)andlord has not  corrected
          any of the items in the rent reduction"; that "(t)he  documents  he
          has submitted with our signatures are not the documents we signed"; 
          and that "(o)ur signatures were taken from another form  we  signed
          that was on yellow paper and we did not settle anything  with  this
          landlord."

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner  is  of  the  opinion






          Docket Number: FH 210032-RO

          that the petition should  be  remanded  to  the  Administrator  for
          further processing.

          It is noted that in the proceeding below, the Administrator  failed
          for more than a year and a half to notify the tenant of the owner's 
          answer and to allow the tenant to respond to the owner's  claim  of
          tenant withdrawing the complaint; and that the inspection  may  not
          have been conducted in a timely manner.

          It is also noted that the tenant disputed signing  said  settlement
          and withdrawal.

          Accordingly, this petition is  remanded  to  the  Administrator  to
          determine, with due process to both tenant and owner, whether  this
          case  has  been  settled  and  the  tenant  properly  withdrew  its
          complaint.

          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 in  accordance  with  this
          Order and Opinion, and that the District Rent Administrator's order 
          be, and the same hereby is, revoked.

          ISSUED:




                                                                        
                                          ELLIOT SANDER
                                          Deputy Commissioner


    

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