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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:  BE 410106 RT

                    DAVID S. ROWLAND,
                                                  DISTRICT RENT ORDER
                                                  DOCKET NO.:  TC 77110 G


          On  May  14,  1987  the  above-named  petitioner-tenant  filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order issued on May 
          4, 1987 by the  Rent  Administrator,  92-31  Union  Hall  Street,
          Jamaica, New York concerning housing accommodations known as  310
          West 93rd Street, New York, New York, Apartment 3C.

          The Commissioner notes that this proceeding was  initiated  prior
          to April 1, 1984.  Sections 2526.1(a)(4)  and  2521.1(d)  of  the
          Rent Stabilization Code (effective May 1,  1987)  governing  rent
          overcharge  and  fair  market  rent  proceedings   provide   that
          determination of these matters be based  upon  the  law  or  code
          provisions in  effect  on  March  31,  1984.   Therefore,  unless
          otherwise  indicated,  reference  to   Sections   of   the   Rent
          Stabilization Code (Code) contained herein are  to  the  Code  in
          effect on April 30, 1987.

          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.

          This proceeding was commenced on October 12, 1983 by  the  tenant
          filing a complaint of rent overcharge.

          The tenant took occupancy pursuant to a lease commencing November 
          1, 1980 and expiring October 31, 1981  at  a  monthly  rental  of

          In Order Number  CDR  28,855  as  amended,  the  order  hereunder
          appeal,   the   Rent   Administrator   established   the   lawful
          stabilization rent, determined that the owner had overcharged the 
          tenant in the amount of $414.13, including interest, and directed 
          the owner to refund the overcharge amount to the tenant.

          In this petition, the tenant contends that the rent increase  for
          new equipment which he agreed to  in  his  initial  lease  (rider
          clause number 40) was only collectible during the  initial  lease
          term and that payment of the increase after the expiration of the 

          BE 410016 RT
          initial lease term constituted an overcharge.

          In response, the owner asserts, in substance, that  the  tenant's
          claim is without merit.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition  should  be

          Section 20C(1) of the Rent Stabilization Code provided that where 
          there has been  an  installation  of  new  equipment  in  a  rent
          stabilized apartment, the monthly  stabilization  rent  for  said
          unit may be increased by 1/40th the cost of the  equipment.   The
          tenant's contention that the rent increase for new equipment  was
          only collectible during the term of  the  initial  lease  is  not
          supported by the Code.

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

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby  is,  denied,
          and the Rent Administrator's order be, and the  same  hereby  is,

                                                  ELLIOT SANDER
                                                  Deputy Commissioner

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