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. AK 610156-RT
                                              :  
                                                 DRO DOCKET NO.: 43464

          RUTH EVANS            PETITIONER    : 
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          On November 12, 1986 the  abovenamed  petitioner  tenant  filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review  against  an  order  issued  on
          October 15, 1986 by the Rent Administrator of the Tenant Objection 
          Unit concerning the housing accommodations known  as  3470  Cannon
          Place, Apartment J43, Bronx.

          The herein appealed order of the Rent Administrator dismissed  the
          tenant's objection to  the  1984  registration  and  complaint  of
          overcharge based on the fact that the rent  of  $246.00  had  been
          established by an order issued on  March  25,  1983  by  the  City
          Department of Housing and Preservation and Development (HPD) under 
          Article 15 of the Private Housing Finance Law.

          The order also contains a statement that the owner had submitted a 
          copy of the 1984 registration.

          In her petition the tenant, among other things, alleges  that  the
          owner did not, in fact, register the apartment for 1984.

          The Commissioner notes that the records of  this  agency  indicate
          that the owner did not file an apartment registration for 1984 but 
          did for subsequent years.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that  the  petition  should  be
          denied.

          Even though a registration was not filed for 1984 it is immaterial 
          to this proceeding.

          Failure to file an initial registration prevents  the  owner  from
          collecting subsequent rent increases until the violation is  cured
          and the penalty prospective lifted.  Here the rent had been set by 
          HPD prior to April, 1984 so there were no overcharges.

          If the tenant was dissatisfied with the  rent  her  remedy  was  a
          court proceeding under  Article  78  against  HPD  rather  than  a
          complaint to this agency.



                              
    

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