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

          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO. BE 210333 RO
                                              :  DRO DOCKET NO. 014842
               FREDDIE ELLIS                     TENANT: LESLIE R. VANN     

                                PETITIONER    : 


               On May 4, 1987,  the  above-named  petitioner-owner  filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review  against  an  order  issued  on
          April 8, 1987, by the Rent Administrator, 10 Columbus Circle,  New
          York, New York, concerning the housing accommodations known as 934 
          St. Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, New  York,  Apartment  No.  6  or  3R,
          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 appeals. 

               The Administrative Appeal is  being  determined  pursuant  to
          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,  1984,  by
          the filing of a fair market rent adjustment appeal by  the  tenant
          who took occupancy of the subject apartment pursuant  to  a  lease
          commencing December 15, 1983 at a rental of $350.00 per month.

               The owner was served with a copy of the tenant's  application
          and afforded an opportunity to submit June 30, 1974 or post June 
          30, 1974 comparability data for determining the fair  market  rent
          of the subject apartment.   No  response  was  received  from  the

               In Order Number 014842, the Rent Administrator  adjusted  the
          initial legal regulated rent by establishing a fair market rent of 
          $119.58 effective December 15, 1983.   Based  on  the  failure  to
          submit June 30, 1974 or post June 30, 1974 comparability data, the 
          Rent Administrator determined  the  fair  market  rent  using  the
          special fair market rent guidelines alone.

          BE 210333 RO

               In this petition, the owner contends in substance that it did 
          submit an answer, and that the tenant herein  was  not  the  first
          tenant after vacancy decontrol so that she  was  not  eligible  to
          file a fair market rent appeal.

               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 prevailing in the same area for substantially similar 
          housing accommodations generally known as comparability.  Where no 
          comparability data has been submitted, the  fair  market  rent  is
          determined solely on the basis of the  special  fair  market  rent

               In the instant case, an examination of the record reveals  no
          submission of an answer by the owner in the proceeding before  the
          Rent Administrator.  In addition, the owner did not submit a  copy
          of his alleged answer along with his petition.  Further the  owner
          has submitted no proof that the tenant herein was not entitled  to
          file  a  fair  market  rent   appeal.    Accordingly,   the   Rent
          Administrator's order was warranted.

               THEREFORE, in accordance with 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 210333 RO

          DRO Docket No/Order No.: 014842

          Tenant(s): Leslie R. Vann

          Owner: Freddie Ellis

          Code Section: 26-513 of Rent Stabilization Law

          Premises: 934 St Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, Apt. 6 or 3R

          Order         and         Opinion         Denying         Petition
               Petition  denied  on  basis  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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