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 610341 RO
                                              :  DRO DOCKET NO. 37163
               LESTER THOMAS                     TENANT: P. WHITTINGHAM

                                PETITIONER    : 
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW AND 
          MODIFYING RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S ORDER


               On May 21, 1987, the  above-named  petitioner-owner  filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review  against  an  order  issued  on
          April  20,  1987,  by  the  Rent  Administrator,  2  World   Trade
          Center, New York, New York, concerning the housing  accommodations
          known as 1950 Bryant Avenue, Bronx, New York,  Apartment  No.  1E,
          wherein the Rent  Administrator  determined  that  the  owner  had
          overcharged the tenant.

               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 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 November 1984, by 
          the filing of a rent overcharge complaint by the tenant who  first
          moved to the subject apartment on September 15, 1983 at  a  rental
          of $300.00 per month.

               In answer to the complaint,  the  owner  submitted  a  rental
          history of the subject apartment.

               In Order Number 37163, the Rent Administrator determined that 
          the tenant had been overcharged  in  the  amount  of  $786.44  and
          directed the owner to refund such overcharge to the tenant.

               In this petition, the owner contends in  substance  that  the
          rent  overcharge  should  have  been  $320.80   since   the   Rent
          Administrator in his  calculation  chart  failed  to  include  the
          December 15, 1982 vacancy lease of prior tenant Minto and that the 
          excess security found of $9.42 is not warranted since prior tenant 
          Minto was a cousin of the tenant herein and waived the  return  of
          his security deposit  so  that  the  tenant  herein  submitted  no
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          additional security.  In addition the owner points out a  typo  on
          page two of the Rent Administrator's order which indicated a total 
          rent overcharge of $986.44 rather than $786.44.

               The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition  should
          be denied and the Rent Administrator's order modified.

               An examination of the records in this case discloses that the 
          Rent Administrator correctly did not  include  the  Minto  vacancy
          lease in the  calculation  of  the  overcharge  since  such  lease
          commenced on December 15, 1982,  and  the  vacancy  lease  of  the
          tenant herein commenced on September 15, 1983 -  both  within  the
          Guidelines 14 period.   The  compounding  of  guideline  increases
          during the same guidelines period is prohibited and  Guideline  14
          did not provide for any vacancy allowance.   Therefore  the  Minto
          vacancy lease was correctly excluded by  the  Rent  Administrator.
          In addition, the owner has submitted no evidence in support of his 
          contention that the tenant did not pay excess security  of  $9.42.
          Accordingly,  the  Rent  Administrator's  order  finding  a   rent
          overcharge of  $786.44  including  excess  security  of  $9.42  is
          affirmed and page two of said order listing a total overcharge  of
          $986.44 is modified to show a total overcharge of $786.44.

               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 as modified  in
          accordance with this order and opinion. 

          ISSUED



                                                                        
                                          ELLIOT SANDER
                                          Deputy Commissioner




                                                    
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                            ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW BUREAU
                                 COVERING MEMORANDUM










          ARB Docket No.: BE 610341 RO

          DRO Docket No/Order No.: 37163

          Tenant(s): Pauline Whittingham

          Owner: Lester Thomas

          Code Section: 2526.1 of RSC

          Premises: 1950 Bryant Avenue, Bronx, New York, Apt. 1E

          Order         and         Opinion         Denying         Petition
                           
               Petition denied  on  basis  amount  of  rent  overcharge  was
          correctly determined.  Order modified to correct typo pointed  out
          by owner.










          APPROVED:



          Processing Attorney:                                             

          Supervising Attorney:                                            

          Director: 
              
          Deputy Commissioner:                                             

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


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