AK 410007 RT
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK   11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:  AK 410007 RT

                     L. CARL DEMLER,
                                                  D.R.O. ORDER NO.:  CDR 23,556
                                                  D.R.O DOCKET NO.:  TC 066545 G
                                                  OTHER PARTY:  BING AND BING
                                                                MANAGEMENT INC.


          On November 3, 1986, the above named  petitioner-tenant  filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review against  an  order  issued  on
          September 30, 1986 by the Rent Administrator 10 Columbus  Circle,
          New York, New York, concerning housing  accommodations  known  as
          Apartment Number G.F.W. at 970 Park Avenue, New York,  New  York,
          wherein the Rent Administrator dismissed the tenant's  overcharge

          The Commissioner notes that this proceeding was  initiated  prior
          to April 1, 1984.  Sections 2526.1(a)(4)  and  2521.1(d)  of  the
          Rent Stabilization Code (effective May 1,  1987)  governing  rent
          overcharge  and  fair  market  rent  proceedings   provide   that
          determination of these matters be based  upon  the  law  or  code
          provisions in  effect  on  March  31,  1984.   Therefore,  unless
          otherwise  indicated,  reference  to   Sections   of   the   Rent
          Stabilization Code (Code) contained herein are  to  the  Code  in
          effect on April 30, 1987.

          The Commissioner has reviewed all of 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 originally commenced on August  16,  1982  by
          the filing of a complaint of rent overcharge with  the  New  York
          City Conciliation and Appeals Board  (CAB,  the  agency  formerly
          charged with enforcing the Rent Stabilization Law) by the tenant.

          The owner filed an answer to the complaint.

          The Administrator dismissed the complaint, noting the  submission
          of the tenant's leases going back to the vacancy lease term which 
          commenced on December 15, 1974; on the grounds  that  the  tenant
          was  using  the   apartment   exclusively   for   commercial   or
          professional purposes and, therefore, the overcharge complaint is 
          outside of the Division's jurisdiction.

          AK 410007 RT

          In the Petition, the tenant states that he has used the apartment 
          exclusively as his residence and maintains a business elsewhere.

          The owners answer opposing the Petition asks that  the  order  of
          the Rent Administrator be affirmed,  and  that  the  Petition  be

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that  this  matter  should  be
          remanded  to   the   Administrator   for   further,   appropriate

          The  Commissioner  notes  that  the  tenant's  vacancy  lease  is
          entitled "Standard Form of  Apartment  Lease"  and  states  "  36
          Tenant shall not use or occupy the  apartment...For  any  purpose
          other than as a semiprofessional  unit  for  facility  planning."
          That language is  repeated  in  the  December  10,  1980  renewal
          agreement and is not modified or abrogated in any document in the 
          record.  The Commissioner construes the term  "semi-professional"
          as devoting a mixed,  residential  and  professional,  use.   The
          Commissioner finds no evidence in the  record  that  rebuts  this
          construction, especially in view of the fact  that  the  tenant's
          initial lease was entitled "Standard Form  of  Apartment  Lease".
          The  Commissioner  therefore  finds  that   the   Administrator's
          findings that the subject apartment was rented for commercial use 
          only and that, therefore, the Division does not have jurisdiction 
          to entertain this overcharge complaint, are not supported by  the
          record herein.

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

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby  is,  granted
          to  the  extent  of  remanding  the  proceeding   to   the   Rent
          Administrator for processing in accordance with  this  Order  and

                                                  ELLIOT SANDER
                                                  Deputy Commissioner

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