Before he proceeds to determine and register a fair rent, the rent officer1 has a duty to inquire and decide whether he has jurisdiction to do so; and he is normally entitled to decide a preliminary issue on which his jurisdiction depends2. The County Court, however, normally provides an alternative forum for determining whether the application is within the jurisdiction of the rent officer3. The rent officer has a discretion4 whether to decide the preliminary issue himself or whether to adjourn the application for the registration of a rent in order that an application may be made to the
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