DOCKET NO.: AJ 210050 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.: AJ 210050 RO

               FRANCIS GREENBURGER                DISTRICT RENT  
               c/o TIME EQUITIES, INC.            ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET    
                    
                                                  NO.: L 3107574 R
                                                  
                                                   
                              PETITIONER
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                  ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL

               On October 2, 1986 the above-named petitioner-owner filed an 
          Administrative Appeal against an order issued on September 11, 
          1986 by the District Rent Administrator, 92-31 Union Hall Street, 
          Jamaica, New York, concerning the housing accommodations known as 
          1855 East 12th Street, Brooklyn, New York, Apartment, 2D.

               The Administrative Appeal is being determined pursuant to 
          the provisions of 9 NYCRR 2526.1(f).

               The District Rent Administrator's order, appealed herein, 
          determined that the tenant had been overcharged a total, 
          including accrued interest and excess security, of $9818.48 
          during the period from June 1, 1982 through May 30, 1986.

               On appeal, the petitioner-owner alleges, in substance, that 
          the District Rent Administrator's order improperly assessed the 
          owner for overcharges dating back to June 1, 1982, 
          notwithstanding the fact that the owner took title to the subject 
          premises on March 17, 1983; and that the order should be modified 
          to provide that the owner is only obligated to refund overcharges 
          actually collected from March 17, 1983 until January 27, 1986, 
          the date when the tenant purchased the apartment.

               There is no evidence in the record indicating any collusion 
          or relationship between the former and current owners.

















          DOCKET NO.: AJ 210050 RO



               After careful consideration of the entire evidence of record 
          the Commissioner is of the opinion that the administrative appeal 
          should be granted.

               9 NYCRR 2526.1(f) provides, in pertinent part, that for 
          overcharges collected prior to April 1, 1984, an owner will be 
          held responsible only for its portion of the overcharges, in the 
          absence of collusion or any relationship between such owner and 
          any prior owners; and that for overcharges collected on or after 
          April 1, 1984, a current owner shall be responsible for all 
          overcharge penalties, including penalties based upon overcharges 
          collected by any prior owner.

               Applying the above-mentioned provisions to the instant 
          proceedings the Commissioner finds that the District Rent 
          Administrator's order should be modified to provide that the 
          prior owner is responsible for the overcharges collected from 
          June 1, 1982 through  March 1983 totalling $1900.30.  This 
          finding is without prejudice to any action that the current owner 
          may have against the prior owner for overcharges reimbursed by 
          the current owner which the prior owner had collected.

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

               ORDERED, that this administrative appeal be, and the same 
          hereby is, granted and that the order of the District Rent 
          Administrator be, and the same hereby is, modified as provided 
          herein above.

               ISSUED:




                                                                           
                                                  JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                  Deputy Commissioner
    

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