AR Docket Nos. ARL 11709 N
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK   11433

          APPEAL OF                            DOCKET NO.: ARL 11709 N 
            MORRIS ROKOWSKY           
                                               DRO DOCKET NO.: FTC-84-100
                                                  TENANT: MARION LAPIANA


          The above-named  petitioner-owner  timely  filed  a  Petition  for
          Administrative Review against an order issued on  June  25,  1986,
          by the Rent Administrator at 50  Clinton  Street,  Hempstead,  New
          York, concerning housing accommodations known as apartment  number
          1-R at 190 West Merrick Road,  Freeport,  New  York,  wherein  the
          Administrator established the stabilized  rent  and  directed  the
          owner to refund $3,110.68.   

          The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence  in  the  record
          and has carefully considered that portion of the evidence relevant 
          to the issues raised in the administrative appeal.

          The issue in this appeal is whether the owner's providing  a  copy
          of the prior tenant's lease to the complaining  tenant  after  the
          issuance of the Administrator's order furnishes a basis upon which 
          the Administrator's order should be modified or reversed.

          This proceeding was originally commenced in 1984, by the filing of 
          a rent overcharge complaint by the tenant. 

          The owner failed to answer said complaint.

          In the  appealed  order,  the  Administrator  employed  a  default
          procedure to determine the tenant's legal rent. The net effect  of
          that procedure was that the tenant's initial rent was  reduced  to
          the rent one would reasonably expect the prior  tenant  had  paid.
          This was calculated by reducing the tenant's actual  initial  rent
          by one guideline increase and vacancy  allowance.  Thereupon,  the
          Administrator calculated the above noted refund and  directed  the
          owner to pay the same to the tenant.  Further,  the  Administrator
          directed that this rent reduction would remain in effect until the 
          owner served the tenant with a copy of the  prior  tenant's  lease
          and filed an application with the Division to  restore  the  rent.
          In  the  petition,  the   owner   asserts   that,   as   per   the
          Administrator's order, the owner has sent the tenant a copy of the 
          prior tenant's lease.

          AR Docket Nos. ARL 11709 N

          The tenant filed an answer opposing the Petition.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that  the  Petition  should  be
          denied; the owner  asserts  no  basis  therein  for  reversing  or
          modifying the order below. 

          The Commissioner notes that  this  order  and  opinion  is  issued
          without prejudice to the owner's filing an application to  restore
          the rent, in accordance with the Administrator's order.

          This order may, upon the expiration of the  period  in  which  the
          owner may institute a proceeding pursuant to Article Seventy-eight 
          of the Civil Practice Law and Rules, be filed and enforced by  the
          tenant in the same manner as a judgement.

          Moreover, in  light  of  the  fact  that  the  Division's  records
          indicate that the tenant may no longer be  occupying  the  subject
          apartment by virtue of the fact that the subject building may have 
          been converted to cooperative ownership, a copy of this order  and
          opinion is being sent to  the  present  occupant  of  the  subject
          apartment . The Commissioner  advises  the  owner  to  update  the
          registration statement for the subject apartment (if  it  has  not
          already been done ) to reflect the change  in  occupancy  and  the
          stabilized  rent  determined  in  the  Administrator's  order  and

          THEREFORE,  pursuant  to  all  of  the  applicable  statutes   and
          regulations, it is

          ORDERED, that this Petition be, and the same hereby is denied  and
          that the Administrator's order be and the same hereby is affirmed.


                                          JOSEPH A D'AGOSTA
                                          Acting Deputy Commissioner

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