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

          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO. BE 210318 RO
                                              :  DRO DOCKET NO. ZK-002624-R
               TROY REALTY CO.                   TENANT: IRA GREENFIELD  

                                PETITIONER    : 


               On May 9, 1987,  the  above-named  petitioner-owner  filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review  against  an  order  issued  on
          April 30, 1987, by the Rent Administrator,  Gertz  Plaza,  Queens,
          New York, concerning the  housing  accommodations  known  as  2065
          Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, Apartment No.  1B,  wherein  the
          Rent Administrator determined the fair market rent pursuant to the 
          special fair market rent guideline promulgated  by  the  New  York
          City Rent Guidelines Board for use in calculating fair market rent 

               The Administrative Appeal is being determined pursuant to the 
          provisions of Section 26-513 of the Rent Stabilization Law.

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

               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 in July 1985, by the 
          tenant's filing of a complaint in which  he  questioned  the  fair
          market rent of the subject apartment  and  stated  that  he  first
          moved to the subject apartment on February 1, 1985 at a rental  of
          $600.00 per month.

               In an answer to the tenant's complaint dated August 26, 1985, 
          the owner stated in substance that the tenant was served with  the
          required DC-2 Notice and  that  the  tenant's  complaint  must  be
          dismissed because it was not filed within ninety days  of  service
          of the DC-2 Notice.

               In rebuttal, the tenant stated in substance that he was never 
          served with the DC-2 Notice.

               On  February  6,  1987,  a  hearing  was   held   before   an
          Administrative Law Judge to determine the  issue  of  whether  the
          tenant was served with the DC-2 Notice.   The  Administrative  Law
          BE 210318 RO

          Judge found, based on the credible evidence  of  record  that  the
          tenant was not served with a DC-2 Notice in  accordance  with  the
          applicable statutes and regulations.

               On March 3, 1987 and March 24, 1987, the owner  was  afforded
          an  opportunity  to  submit  comparability  data  to  be  used  in
          determining the fair market rent of the  subject  apartment.   The
          owner did not submit any comparability data.

               In Order Number ZK-002624-R, the Rent Administrator  adjusted
          the initial legal regulated rent by  establishing  a  fair  market
          rent of $412.94 effective February 1, 1985, the commencement  date
          of the initial rent stabilized lease.  Based  on  the  failure  to
          submit comparability data, the Rent Administrator  determined  the
          fair market rent using the special  fair  market  rent  guidelines

               In this petition, the owner contends  in  substance  that  it
          was never notified of  the  decision  of  the  Administrative  Law
          Judge, and that the DHCR failed to take  into  account  comparable
          rents in determining the  fair  market  rent.   Subsequently,  the
          owner submitted an affidavit from the tenant  dated  November  12,
          1987, in which the tenant advised  he  was  withdrawing  the  fair
          market rent appeal against the owner which was adjudicated in  the
          Rent Administrator's order appealed herein.

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

               Section 26-513 of the Rent  Stabilization  Law  provides,  in
          pertinent part, that fair market rent adjustment applications  are
          to be determined by the use of special fair market rent guidelines 
          orders promulgated by the New York City Rent Guidelines Board  and
          by  the  rents  generally  prevailing  in  the   same   area   for
          substantially  similar  housing  accommodations.   In   order   to
          determine  rents  generally  prevailing  in  the  same  area   for
          substantially similar housing accommodations, it is DHCR's  policy
          to allow owners to submit comparability  data.   Where  no  usable
          comparability  data  is  submitted  ,  the  fair  market  rent  is
          determined solely on the basis of the  special  fair  market  rent

               The records in this case disclose that the owner was afforded 
          two opportunities to submit the required comparability data  after
          the conclusion of the hearing but chose not to  do  so.   Further,
          the Rent Administrator was not obligated to serve the owner with a 
          copy of the recommendations of the Administrative Law  Judge.   In
          addition, the  fact  that  the  tenant  decided  to  withdraw  his
          complaint after the issuance of  the  Rent  Administrator's  order
          does not serve to revoke such order nor bar  the  adjudication  of
          the  owner's  petition.   Accordingly,  the  Rent  Administrator's
          order, which held that the tenant herein was entitled  to  file  a
          fair market rent appeal and which determined the fair market  rent
          solely on the basis of the special fair market rent guideline, was 
          BE 210318 RO


               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.


                                          ELLIOT SANDER
                                          Deputy Commissioner


                            ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW BUREAU
                                 COVERING MEMORANDUM

          ARB Docket No.: BE 210318 RO

          DRO Docket No/Order No.: ZK-002624-R

          Tenant(s): Ira Greenfield

          Owner: Troy Realty Co.

          Code Section: 26-513 of Rent Stabilization Law

          Premises: 2065 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, Apt. 1B

          Order         and         Opinion         Denying         Petition
               Petition denied on basis evidence of  record  discloses  that
          fair market rent of subject apartment was correctly determined.


          Processing Attorney:                                             

          Supervising Attorney:                                            

          Deputy Commissioner:                                             

          Mailed copies of Order and Determination to:
                           Tenant's Atty             
                           Owner's Atty              

                           Date:              :  by               


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