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

      APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO.: BE210259RO

           100 Ocean Parkway Associates,     DRO DOCKET NO.: K3103903R

                                             TENANT: Paul D. Goldstein        


      On May 19, 1987, the above-named owner filed a Petition for 
      Administrative Review against an order issued on April 16, 1987, by a 
      Rent Administrator concerning the housing accommodations known as 100 
      Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, New York, Apartment No. 1B, wherein the Rent 
      Administrator determined that the owner had defaulted in its obligation 
      to provide the requisite rental history.

      The Administrative Appeal is being determined pursuant to the provisions 
      of Section 2526.1 of the Rent Stabilization Code.

      The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator's order finding the 
      owner in default was warranted.

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

      This proceeding was originally commenced by the filing on March 30, 1984 
      of a rent overcharge complaint by the tenant. 

      In answer to the tenant's complaint, the owner submitted rent records 
      dating back to April 1, 1980.
      In Order Number K3103903R, the Rent Administrator determined that, due 
      to the owner's failure to submit the requisite rental history, the base 
      rent and subsequent lawful stabilization rents were based on the Section 
      42A default procedure, effecting a rent overcharge $7,885.76, including 
      excess security and interest on that portion of the overcharge occurring 
      on and after April 1, 1984.

      In this petition, the owner requests reversal of the Rent 
      Administrator's order and contends in substance that, among other 
      things, the complainant tenant was the first rent stabilized tenant to 
      occupy the subject apartment.  Further, the owner contends that it did 
      not have the requisite documentation showing the date of decontrol which 
      it claims to be April 1, 1977.
      The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should be remanded 
      so that the tenant's complaint can be processed as a fair market rent 


      adjustment application rather than a rent overcharge complaint.

      In the instant case the evidence of the record, including statements 
      submitted by the owner, indicates that the subject apartment was rent 
      controlled immediately prior to occupancy by the tenant herein.  Since 
      the tenant was therefore actually questioning the initial legal 
      regulated rent, the tenant's overcharge complaint must be processed as 
      a fair market rent adjustment application.

      Accordingly, this proceeding is being remanded to treat the tenant's 
      complaint as a fair market rent adjustment application filed prior to 
      April 1, 1984.  All parties are to be notified and given a chance to 
      submit evidence in such remanded proceeding.

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

      ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, granted, to the 
      extent of remanding this proceeding to the District Rent Administrator 
      for further processing in accordance with this order and opinion.  The 
      automatic stay of so much of the District Rent Administrator's order as 
      directed a refund is hereby continued until a new order is issued upon 
      remand.  However, the Administrator's determination as to the rent is 
      not stayed and shall remain in effect, except for any adjustments 
      pursuant to lease renewals, until the Administrator issues a new order 
      upon remand.


                                      JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                      Deputy Commissioner

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