BA 410026-RT
                                  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.:             
                                                  BA 410026-RT

                      KAREN  ALBERT,                 RENT   ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NOS.: 
                                                  TC 076868 G
                                  PETITIONER      CDR, 27,842 
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW  
                    AND MODIFYING THE RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S ORDER


          On January 7, 1987 the  above  named  petitioner-tenant  filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order of  the  Rent
          Administrator issued  December  3,  1986.   The  order  concerned
          housing accommodations known as Apartment 3-A located at 19  West
          95th Street, New York, New York.   The  Administrator  determined
          that the tenant had been overcharged.  

          The tenant commenced this proceeding on  September  23,  1983  by
          filing a rent  overcharge  complaint.   The  owner  answered  and
          supplied a full rental history.  The Administrator  calculated  a
          total overcharge of $1,248.94.

          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  stabili-
          zation Code (Code) contained herein are to the Code in effect  on
          April 30, 1987.

          On appeal the tenant alleges  that  the  Administrator  erred  in
          calculating the overcharge.  Specifically, the tenant points  out
          that the Administrator made a calculation error in assessing  the


          overcharge for the three-year lease beginning September  1,  1977
          which had a graduated rent of $180.00 the first year, $190.00 the 
          second year, and  $199.00  the  third  year.   The  Administrator
          treated this as three one-year renewal leases and the tenant  as-
          serts that the percentage from a  three-year  renewal  stated  in
          Guidelines Order No. 9 should have been applied.

          The owner filed a response and stated  that  the  Administrator's
          order was correct and that a check had  been  tendered  to  peti-







          BA 410026-RT
          tioner for the $1,248.94 but the petitioner  returned  the  check
          uncashed.

          After a careful review of the evidence in the record, the Commis 
          sioner is of the opinion that the petition should be granted.

          The tenant is correct in pointing out the Administrator's failure 
          to properly calculate the rent for the September 1,  1977  lease.
          Attached hereto is a rent calculation chart which sets forth  the
          proper rent history.  The Commissioner has  imposed  interest  on
          the overcharges for all months beginning with April 1, 1984.  The 
          Administrator's order is modified to reflect  the  Commissioner's
          calculation.

          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 judgment or not  in  excess
          of twenty percent thereof per month may  be  offset  against  any
          rent thereafter due the owner.  


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

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby  is,  granted
          and that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the  same  hereby
          is, modified in accordance with this order and opinion.


          ISSUED:


                                                                           
                                                ELLIOT SANDER
                                                Deputy Commissioner


                                          
    

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