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.:  BD 210192-RT
                                                  DRO ORDER NO. 
               ANN LAHIFF,        PETITIONER  :             CDR 29,581
          ------------------------------------X   OWNER: B.A.M. MANAGEMENT

                         ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION
                              FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          On April 30, 1987, the above named petitioner-tenant filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order issued on March 
          26, 1987, by the Rent Administrator, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, 
          New York, concerning housing accommodations known as Apartment 4L, 
          691 Union Street, Brooklyn, New York, wherein the Rent 
          Administrator determined that there had been an overcharge and 
          ordered a refund of $3297.47, including treble damages and excess 
          security.

          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 tenant commenced this proceeding by filing an overcharge 
          complaint with the New York City Conciliation and Appeals Board, 
          the predecessor of the DHCR, based in part on an alleged failure by 
          the owner to provide a complete rental history.

          The owner failed to provide a full rental history.

          Based on the owner's default, in Order Number CDR 29,581, the Rent 
          Administrator established the lawful stabilized rent for the 
          tenant's vacancy lease pursuant to former Code Section 42A as 
          $300.00 per month, which figure was stated to be the lowest rent in 
          the same line as the subject apartment.

          In this petition, the tenant contends that the Rent Administrator's 
          Order is incorrect and should be modified because in fact $251.90, 
          the rent of apartment 3L, was the lowest rent in the line.  (The 
          Administrator had used the rent of apartment 1L.)  In addition, the 
          tenant alleges that the Administrator failed to include the 
          overcharge for the month February 15, 1984 through March 14, 1984, 
          during which the tenant did not have a lease and paid the rent of 
          the prior lease.















          DOC. NO. BD 210192-RT

          DOC. NO.: BD 210192-RT


          The owner did not answer this petition, although given the 
          opportunity to do so.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should be 
          granted.

          The Administrator's file contains a rent roll dated November 26, 
          1986 showing the rent of apartment 3L as $251.90 and that of 
          apartment 1L as $300.00.  Furthermore, the chart states explicitly 
          that the lowest rent was $251.90.  Apparently the Administrator 
          simply made a clerical error in using $300.00 as the lowest 
          comparable rent.  Furthermore, the tenant is also correct that the 
          Administrator did not include the above-stated month in the 
          calculation chart.

          Accordingly, the Administrator's calculations are corrected as 
          follows:

               1)   The 12 month $25.00 overcharge commencing February 15, 
                    1983 is corrected to be a 13 (sic) month overcharge of 
                    $73.10, totalling                                      $  950.30.

               2)   The 24 month $26.75 overcharge commencing
                    March 15, 1984 (with treble damages on the
                    overcharges collected on or after April 1, 
                    1984) is corrected to be a 24 month over-
                    charge of $78.22 totalling (with treble
                    damages)                                     $5,545.80.

               3)   The 12.55 month $28.48 overcharge commencing
                    March 15, 1986 (with treble damages) is
                    corrected to be a 12.55 month overcharge of
                    $68.30 totalling (with treble damages)       $2,571.51.

               4)   Excess security is increased from $28.48 to  $   68.30.

               5)   Total corrected overcharge with treble 
                    damages and excess security (through
                    March 31, 1987):                             $9,135.91. 
          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 and Code,  it 




          DOC. NO. BD 210192-RT

          is

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, granted and 
          the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, modified 
          in accordance with this Order and Opinion to show a total 
          overcharge of $9,135.91, including treble damages and excess 
          security.

          ISSUED:

                                                                          
                                             ELLIOT SANDER
                                             Deputy Commissioner








    

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