ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO. BC 410149 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.               
                                                 BC 410149 RT 
                                              :
                                                 DISTRICT RENT              
                                                 ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET     
                                                 NO. TC 51536 I           
                                                                          
                  DIANE LIEBELSON            
                                                  

                              PETITIONER      : 
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                    ORDER AND OPINION REMANDING PROCEEDING TO THE
                                 RENT ADMINISTRATOR

               On March 13, 1987, the above-named tenant filed  a  petition
          for administrative review of an order issued  February  12,  1987
          by a Rent  Administrator  concerning  the  housing  accommodation
          known as Apartment 2B, 262 West 107th Street, New York, New York.

               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 petition for review.  

               On September 20, 1984, the tenant filed a fair  market  rent
          appeal.  The tenant stated that she took occupancy  on  April  1,
          1984 and was the first rent-stabilized tenant after  the  subject
          apartment was vacancy decontrolled. 

               The owner filed an answer to the original complaint.  In its 
          answer the owner listed the rents for the "B" line of  comparable
          apartments.  The owner noted that the  rents  listed  were  those
          rents paid in 1986.  







               In the order issued February  12,  1987,  the  Administrator
          determined that no excess rents had been collected and  that  the
          fair market rent actually exceeded the  initial  legal  regulated
          rent.  Accordingly, the tenant's  application  was  found  to  be
          without merit and was dismissed. 

               In  the  petition  for  administrative  review,  the  tenant
          alleges that the Administrator  erred  in  the  calculations  and






          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO. BC 410149 RT
          requests a recomputation.  The tenant alleges that the comparable 
          rents used and updated from 1974 with annual guideline  increases
          by the Administrator were actually the 1986  rents  and  not  the
          1974 rents.  

               After careful consideration,  the  Commissioner  is  of  the
          opinion that the  proceeding  should  be  remanded  to  the  Rent
          Administrator. 

               The tenant's claim in her petition for review is correct.  

               The Administrator incorrectly used the average rents paid in 
          the "B" line for rent-stabilized units for 1986.  By  using  this
          incorrect base figure and updating this figure  with  guidelines,
          an incorrect conclusion was reached.

               In addition, the owner was never  afforded  the  opportunity
          to submit comparability data in accordance with proper procedures 
          applicable to those fair market rent appeals  filed  after  April
          1, 1984. 

               Accordingly, the Commissioner is of the  opinion  that  this
          proceeding requires further processing. 

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

               ORDERED, that this proceeding be, and the  same  hereby  is,
          remanded to the Rent  Administrator  for  further  processing  in
          accordance  with  this  order   and   opinion,   and   that   the
          Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, revoked.

          ISSUED:




           
                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Deputy Commissioner




                                                    

    

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