DOC. NOS.: BD 420130-RT, BD 420207-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 NOS. BD 420130-RT
                     MARY WEIMAR-TENANT      :              BD 420207-RT
                                 PETITIONER  :   DRO DOCKET NO.: ZLC000581-OI

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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITIONS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


         On April 9, 1987, the above-named petitioner filed a Petition for 
         Administrative Review against an order issued on March 19, 1987 by the 
         Rent Administrator, 92-31 Union Hall Street, Jamaica, New York 
         concerning the housing accommodation known as 450 East 88th Street, 
         New York, New York apartment 5-S wherein the Administrator granted the 
         owner's application for Compensatory Rent Adjustment and raised the 
         rent $15.00 per month.  Since multiple copies of the appeal were 
         filed, an additional docket number was inadvertently issued.

         The tenant objected to the owner's application on the grounds that the 
         rent had already been increased.  To show the previous rent increases, 
         the tenant submitted copies of rent receipts.

         In the order here under review, the Administrator increased the rent 
         by $15.00 per month.

         In her appeal, the tenant objects to the order on the following 
         grounds: 1) The DHCR Notice of Landlord's Application was mailed two 
         years after the DHCR received the application from the owner. 2) In 
         making its determination in less than twenty working days after the 
         Notice of Application was sent to the tenant, the Administrator did 
         not give sufficient consideration to the tenant's answer.  3) The 
         application should be denied because there had been other rent 
         increases.

         In reply, the owner contends that the Rent and Eviction Regulations 
         provide for a rent increase where the maximum rent in effect on July 
         31, 1970 is less than $60.00 per month.  If the apartment contains 
         four or more rooms, the rent increase is $15.00.  Since this tenant's 
         rent, even with the increase, is less than $60.00, the order should be 
         upheld.















          DOC. NOS.: BD 420130-RT, BD 420207-RT

         After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion that 
         these petitions should be denied.

         Processing of various applications may involve a lengthy procedure.  
         The tenant has failed to show how she has been prejudiced by the 
         amount of time required to process the owner's application.

         Regardless of the duration of the procedure, the Commissioner notes 
         that the Administrator gave full consideration to all aspects of the 
         application for compensatory rent adjustment, including the tenant's 
         objection, before issuing the order.

         Section 2201.3(a)(1) of the Rent and Eviction Regulations provides, in 
         pertinent part, that the maximum rent in effect on July 31, 1970 shall 
         be increased, for any individual housing accommodation where it is 
         less than $60.00 per month by $15 per month where the housing 
         accommodation contains four or more rooms.  In the instant case, 
         although the tenant's rent had been previously increased, such 
         increase does not act to bar the compensable rent adjustment permitted 
         by Section 2201.3 of the Rent and Eviction Regulations.  Accordingly, 
         the Commissioner finds that the Administrator correctly granted the 
         owner's application for compensatory Rent Adjustment.

         THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and Eviction Regulations, it is

         ORDERED, that these petitions be, and the same hereby are, denied, and 
         the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, affirmed.

         ISSUED:


                                                                              
                                                 ELLIOT SANDER
                                                 Deputy Commissioner

          
    

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