BE 110409 RT

                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                             DOCKET NO.: BE 110409 RT

                     ANA CASTILLO,              DRO DOCKET NO.: Q 001504 R

                                                TENANT: ANA CASTILLO          


          On May 22, 1987, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a Petition 
          for Administrative Review against an order issued on April 20, 
          1987, by the Rent Administrator, Gertz Plaza 92-31 Union Hall 
          Street Jamaica, New York, concerning the housing accommodations 
          known as 138-32 90th Avenue Jamaica, New York, Apartment No. A10, 
          wherein the Rent Administrator determined that the owner had not 
          overcharged the tenant and that the tenant's challenge to the 
          initial registered rent was untimely.

          The Administrative Appeal is being determined pursuant to the 
          provisions of Section 2526.1 of the Rent Stabilization Code.

          The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator's order was 

          The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in the record and 
          has carefully considered that portion of the record relevant to the 
          issue raised by the administrative appeal.  

          This proceeding was originally commenced by the filing of a rent 
          overcharge complaint by the tenant on April 12, 1985. 

          The owner was served with a copy of the tenant's complaint and 
          submitted a complete rental history as required.  The owner stated 
          in substance that the prior tenant was rent controlled; that new 
          equipment was installed and the rent of $400.00 was a fair market 
          rent which the tenant had failed to challenge within 90 days of the 
          receipt of the RR1 notice by the tenant on October 12, 1984.

          In Order Number ZQ 001504 R, the Rent Administrator established the 
          lawful stabilized rent as $400.00 effective October 1, 1984 and 
          determined that the tenant had not been overcharged based on the 
          tenants' failure to file a timely challenge to the RR1 notice.

          In this petition, the tenant stated that they "never received a 
          notice of my original claim from this office."

          BE 110409 RT

          In answer to the tenant's petition, the owner stated in substance 
          that the Rent Administrator's order was warranted and that the 
          apartment was properly  registered.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should be 

          An examination of the record in this case discloses that the owner 
          had submitted a response containing bills for new equipment; an 
          explanation of the calculation of the initial rent; a copy of the 
          initial rent form RR1 and a copy of a receipt dated October 12, 
          1984 indicating receipt of the RR1 form signed by the tenant.

          Section 2528.2(d) of the Rent Stabilization Code provides in 
          pertinent part that a copy of the RR1 form served prior to May 1, 
          1987 may be by "...any method of service permitted by the Division 
          of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) at the time of service..."

          In the instant case, the owner was directed by the Rent 
          Administrator to submit proof of service of the RR1 form by one of 
          3 methods including the tenant's signature acknowledging receipt of 
          the RR1 form showing the date of receipt.  The owner complied with 
          the directive.  

          The tenant's challenge filed on April 12, 1985 is in excess of 90 
          days from the tenant's signed receipt of the RR1 on October 12, 
          1984.  The Initial Legal Registered Rent is established at $400.00 
          and no subsequent overcharge occurred.

          Accordingly, the Rent Administrator's order was warranted.

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

          ORDERED, that this petition for administrative review be, and the 
          same hereby is, denied, and, that the order of the Rent 
          Administrator be, and the same hereby is, affirmed.


                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Acting Deputy Commissioner


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