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 NO. BE 410373 RO
                                              :  DRO DOCKET NO. T/A 9493
          WALTER SCHNEIDER AND EDMUND KINYK      TENANT: RUTH ANN FREDENTHAL

                                PETITIONERS    : 
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


               On May 18, 1987, the  above-named  petitioner-owner  filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review  against  an  order  issued  on
          April 14, 1987, by the Rent Administrator, 10 Columbus Circle, New 
          York, New York, concerning the housing accommodations known as 519 
          East 6th Street, New York, New York, Apartment No. 8, 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 2522.3 of the Rent Stabilization Code. 

               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.  

               The Commissioner notes that this proceeding was  filed  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.

               This proceeding was originally commenced in March,  1981,  by
          the filing of a rent overcharge complaint by the tenant  who  took
          occupancy of the subject apartment pursuant to a lease  commencing
          July 29, 1980, at a rental of $250.00 per month.
          In such complaint, the tenant stated in substance that she  wanted
          to know if she was being charged a fair rental and  that  she  was
          the first tenant to occupy the subject apartment since  the  death
          of the prior long term tenant.
          BE 410373 RO









               The owner and prior owner were served  with  a  copy  of  the
          tenant's complaint 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.    The   required
          comparability data was not submitted.

               In Order Number CDR 29,948, the Rent  Administrator  adjusted
          the initial legal regulated rent by  establishing  a  fair  market
          rent of $153.65 effective July 29, 1980, the commencement date  of
          the initial rent  stabilized  lease.   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.   The  Administrator
          directed the  owner  to  refund  excess  rent  in  the  amount  of
          $7852.10, including excess security, to the tenant.

               In this petition, the owner contends in  substance  that  the
          Rent Administrator erroneously converted the tenant's complaint of 
          rent overcharge to a fair market rent appeal since the tenant  had
          filed  a  rent  overcharge  complaint  and  failed  to  meet   the
          jurisdictional prerequisites to filing a fair market rent appeal.

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

               The evidence of record indicates that the tenant  herein  was
          the first stabilized tenant  in  the  subject  apartment  and  was
          questioning the initial legal regulated  rent  in  her  overcharge
          complaint.  The Administrator  therefore  properly  processed  the
          case as a fair market rent appeal.  The  Commissioner  finds  that
          the tenant's challenge to the rent  is  not  materially  defective
          because of the tenant's failure to allege that  the  initial  rent
          exceeded the fair market rent  for  the  subject  apartment.   The
          Commissioner further finds that since the directive to tenants  in
          Section 2522.3(b)  of  the  current  Rent  Stabilization  Code  to
          provide supporting facts is qualified by the phrase "to  the  best
          of his or her information and belief," it cannot be read to create 
          a firm requirement and the tenant's failure to present such  facts
          does not warrant dismissal of the tenant's challenge to  the  fair
          market rent (Accord: ARL 6666-L; EC 410412 RO).  Accordingly,  the
          Rent Administrator's order was warranted.













          BE 410373 RO










               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. 

          ISSUED



                                                                        
                                          ELLIOT SANDER
                                          Deputy Commissioner




                                                    
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                            ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW BUREAU
                                 COVERING MEMORANDUM










          ARB Docket No.: BE 410373 RO

          DRO Docket No/Order No.: T/A 9493

          Tenant(s): Ruth Ann Fredenthal

          Owner: Walter Schneider and Edmund Kinyk

          Code Section: 2522.3 of Rent Stabilization Code

          Premises: 519 East 6th Street, New York, New York, Apt. 8

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







          APPROVED:



          Processing Attorney:                                             

          Supervising Attorney:                                            

          Bureau Chief:                                                    

          Deputy Commissioner:                                             

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