Docket Number: BD 110482-RO
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK   11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO. BD 110482-RO

                                                  DOCKET NO. Q-3120636-R

                                  PETITIONER      TENANT: Paul Lefkowitz


          On April 15, 1987, the  above-named  owner  filed  a  petition  for
          administrative review of an order issued on March  16,  1987  by  a
          District Rent Administrator concerning  the  housing  accommodation
          known as Apartment 201, 135-10 Grand Central Parkway, Jamaica,  New
          York, wherein the District Rent Administrator determined  that  the
          tenant had been overcharged.

          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 administrative appeal.

          The subject tenant filed a complaint of rent  overcharge  with  the
          New York City Conciliation and Appeals Board (C.A.B.),  the  agency
          formerly charged with enforcement of the Rent Stabilization Law.

          On April 1, 1984 responsibility  for  the  administration  of  rent
          stabilization in New York City was  transferred  to  the  New  York
          State of Division of Housing and Community Renewal (D.H.C.R.).

          The  tenant  took  occupancy  pursuant  to   a   three-year   lease
          commencing on March 1, 1978 and expiring on February 28, 1981 at  a
          monthly rent of $297.50.

          In its answer the owner stated that there was no  rent  overcharge,
          and  submitted  a  complete  rental  history.   The   complainant's
          initial lease states that the "rental includes a  new  refrigerator
          and a new gas range."

          In the order under review herein, the Administrator found that  the
          owner had overcharged the tenant in the amount of $1,612.55, 
          including excess security and accrued interest from April 1, 1984.

          In this petition, the owner asserts that the Administrator did  not
          take into account the cost of the installation of a new 

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          refrigerator, gas range, and venetian  blinds  allegedly  installed
          prior to the complainant's initial occupancy.   The  owner  further
          alleges that if 1/40th of the total cost of the  new  equipment  is
          added to the initial rent charged, then there would  have  been  no
          rent overcharge found.  Attached to the petition the owner  submits
          invoices for the gas range and for the venetian blinds.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that  this  petition  should  be

          The Commissioner finds that the owner did not submit any  proof  of
          the  cost  of  installing  the  new  refrigerator  it  asserts   it
          installed.  As the petition states that the owner is  not  able  to
          locate any bills for that refrigerator the Commissioner is  of  the
          opinion that its claimed cost should not  be  added  to  the  legal
          regulated rent.

          The petition raises the issue of venetian  blinds  being  installed
          by the owner in the  subject  apartment.   As  the  owner  has  not
          established that the issue of the venetian blinds which  it  raises
          for the first time upon administrative review could not  reasonably
          have been offered or included in the proceeding before the District 
          Rent Administrator, it is outside the scope of  the  Commissioner's
          review  in  this  proceeding  and  will  not   be   considered   in
          establishing the rent.

          The Commissioner notes that on the bottom of the answer form mailed 
          to the owner by the Administrator it stated:  "For increases  based
          on new equipment or services, you must  attach  invoice(s)  showing
          costs and date(s) of equipment provided or service  installed,  and
          tenant's written consent, if necessary."   As  the  owner  did  not
          submit  proof  of  the  cost  of  the  gas  range   to   the   Rent
          Administrator,  and  submits   it   for   the   first   time   upon
          administrative review without explaining why it could not have been 
          submitted to the Administrator, it is  outside  the  scope  of  the
          Commissioner's review in this proceeding and will not be considered 
          in establishing the rent.  Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that 
          the owner's petition should be denied, and that the Administrator's 
          order should be affirmed.

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

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the  same  hereby  is,  denied,
          and that the District Rent Administrator's order be, and  the  same
          hereby is, affirmed, and it is

          FURTHER ORDERED, that if the owner has  refunded  no  such  amounts
          upon the expiration of the period for seeking judicial review of 

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          this order pursuant to Article 78 of the  Civil  Practice  Law  and
          Rules, and the tenant has not credited any such amounts, the tenant
          may file and enforce a certified copy of this order as  a  judgment
          for the amount of $1,612.55 against Kaled Management Corporation.


                                        ELLIOT SANDER
                                        Deputy Commissioner

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