Section 11.14 Absence of Parties

(Amended March 11, 1986)

(a) If a party fails to appear at a properly noticed hearing or fails to file a written excuse for non-appearance prior to a properly noticed hearing, the Administrative Law Judge may, as appropriate: continue the case; decide the case on the record in accordance with these rules; dismiss the case with prejudice; or proceed to a hearing on the merits.

(b) If the party who does not appear bases an appeal substantially on the fact that notice of the hearing was not received, the appellant must attach a declaration under penalty of perjury on a form provided by the Rent Board. The declaration must include facts to support the contention that the notice was not received.