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 410510-RO
                                         :  
                                            DRO DOCKET NO.: TC 077813-G
       LINCOLN PLAZA
       ASSOCIATES          PETITIONER    : 
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           ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


     On October 14, 1986, the above-named petitioner-owner filed a petition for 
     administrative review of an order issued on September  12,  1986,  by  the
     Rent   Administrator  concerning  the  housing  accommodation   known   as
     Apartment 20C, 20 West 64th Street, New York, New York.  The Administrator 
     found that the tenant had been overcharged.

     The Commissioner has reviewed this record and  carefully  considered  that
     portion relevant to the issues raised by this appeal.

     The tenant commenced this proceeding by filing a complaint of general rent 
     overcharge.  The owner was advised to produce a full rental  history.   By
     letter dated March 27, 1986 the owner advised the Administrator  that  the
     complaining tenant (Koren Jones) was not the tenant of record.  Petitioner 
     produced evidence  that  Julian  Kaplan  was  the  tenant  of  record  and
     purchased the apartment in 1985.  The Administrator failed to  investigate
     this claim.   Instead,  petitioner  was  found  to  be  in  default.   The
     Administrator applied the procedures based on Section  42  of  the  former
     Rent Stabilization Code.  A total overcharge of $7,274.79  was  calculated
     including interest and excess security.

     On appeal, the petitioner  again  raises  the  claim  that  Jones  had  no
     standing to bring this complaint.  Annexed  to  the  petition  are  leases
     which show that Julian Kaplan was in fact, the tenant of record during the 
     period in question.  The tenant filed no response to the petition.   After
     careful consideration of the evidence in the record the Commissioner is of 
     the opinion that the petition should be granted.

     Petitioner raised the issue of Jone's  lack  of  standing  to  bring  this
     complaint before the Administrator.   The  Administrator  had  a  duty  to
     investigate but did not do so.  The petitioner submitted a complete rental 
     history to the Commissioner.  That  history  shows  that  the  complaining
     tenant was never the occupant of the subject apartment.   The  complaining
     tenant did not rebut the allegations and,  in  fact,  has  moved  with  no
     forwarding address.  The Commissioner accepts the owners offer  of  proof.
     The Administrator's order is revoked.

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







          DOCKET NUMBER: AJ 410510-RO
     ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is,  granted  and  the
     Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, revoked.

     ISSUED:



                                                                   
                                             ELLIOT SANDER
                                          Deputy Commissioner




                                                   
    

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