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 510026-RT
                                         :  
                                            DRO DOCKET NO.: ZU 002829-R
        PANCHO PACHECO,
                           PETITIONER    : 
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              ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE
            REVIEW AND REMANDING PROCEEDINGS FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION


     On March 5, 1987, the above named petitioner-tenant filed a  Petition  for
     Administrative Review against an order issued on February 6, 1987, by  the
     District  Rent  Administrator  at  10  Columbus  Circle,  New  York  City,
     concerning the housing accommodation  known  as  525  West  146th  Street,
     Apartment 32, New York, New York  wherein  the  Administrator  denied  the
     tenant's objection to the registered rent because the tenant had not filed 
     its objection in a timely manner.

     The applicable law is Section 2523.1 of the Rent Stabilization Code. 

     The issue on appeal is whether the Administrator's order  determining  the
     tenant's objection was correct.

     The above tenant commenced these proceedings by filing a  rent  overcharge
     complaint on July 23, 1985.  The tenant stated therein that he  had  taken
     occupancy of the premises on February 1, 1984 pursuant to a one-year lease 
     at a monthly rental of $325.00 per month.  The tenant further alleged that 
     the collected rent on the premises on  March  31,  1980  was  $175.00  per
     month.  Finally, the tenant contended that the owner had not provided  him
     with a copy of the Apartment Registration form (RR-1) for the premises.

     On October 31, 1985 the former 7A Administrator  answered  the  complaint,
     stating therein that she had served  in  that  capacity  from  July,  1983
     through March, 1985, and that the entire matter should be  transferred  to
     current 7A Administrator.

     The successor Administrator  was  then  served  with  the  complaint.   In
     response the Administrator  submitted  owner's  copies  of  the  Apartment
     Registration for 1984, as prepared by the former 7A Administrator, and the 
     Registration for 1986, prepared by the  7A  Administrator.   No  proof  of
     service of these documents was ever submitted.

     On February 6, 1987 the  District  Rent  Administrator  to  dismissed  the
     tenant's complaint  based  on  the  tenant's  failure  to  file  a  timely
     Tenant's Objection to the 1984 registration statement.








          DOCKET NUMBER: BC 510026-RT
     In its petition,  dated  March  5,  1987  the  tenant  contends  that  the
     dismissal was improper because he had never received a copy  of  the  Rent
     Registration form and there were no documents in the record claiming  that
     he had received it.

     The Commissioner is of the opinion that the  tenants  petition  should  be
     granted and that the proceeding should be remanded  to  the  Administrator
     for further consideration.

     Although the current Administrator submitted a copy  of  the  registration
     statements for 1984 and 1986, the record contains no statement  signed  by
     the tenant affirming the tenant's receipt  of  the  registration,  nor  is
     there a certificate of mailing evidencing  delivery  by  mail.   The  only
     acknowledgement in the record is the former Administrator's  answer  dated
     October 1, 1985, wherein she stated that she registered the apartment "... 
     to the best of my knowledge..."  This response, as  the  tenant  correctly
     points out, is insufficient.  The Commissioner finds, therefore, that  the
     apartment  registration  was  not  properly  served  on  the  tenant,   in
     accordance with Section 2523.1 of the Rent Stabilization Code.

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

     ORDERED, that the tenant's 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.

     ISSUED:










                                                                   
                                            ELLIOT SANDER
                                          Deputy Commissioner




                                                   
    

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