BF 110018-RO
                                  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.:  
                                                  BF 110018-RO    
                 MOHAMMED                     A.                     MALIK,
                                                  DRO DOCKET NO.:
                                   PETITIONER     Q-005562 R
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


          On May 26 1987, the above named petitioner owner filed a Petition 
          for Administrative Review against an order  f  the  Rent  Admini-
          strator, issued April 26,  1987.   The  order  concerned  housing
          accommodations known as Apartment 1-C  located  at  134-38  Maple
          Avenue, Flushing, New York.  The  Administrator  determined  that
          the tenant had been overcharged.

          The Commissioner has reviewed the record and carefully considered 
          that portion relevant to the issues raised by this appeal.
           
          The tenant commenced this proceeding by filing a rent  overcharge
          complaint on November 11, 1985 in which the tenant indicated,  in
          relevant part, that the owner increased the 1984 registered  rent
          of $286.62 to $344.26, effective April 1, 1985,  and  the  tenant
          thought this was an excessive increase.  The tenant  also  stated
          that the owner gives him the apartment registration and  says  it
          is the lease, does not give him a lease,  and  puts  a  different
          amount on the registration than on the lease.  The owner answered 
          and stated that the lease signed by the tenant was for a  monthly
          rental of $328.25 and that the tenant was underpaying  by  paying
          only $286.62.  The owner also asserted that attempts by the owner 
          to get a signed renewal lease were unsuccessful. 

          The Administrator determined that the registered rent of  $286.62
          is the Initial Legal Registered Rent.  An overcharge  of  $942.15
          was calculated including interest and excess security.

          On appeal the owner states that the amount shown on the  original
          1984 Apartment Registration was incorrect and an amended regis-
          tration has been filed with DHCR and served on the tenant  


          indicating an April 1, 1984 rent of $323.25.  The owner  included
          with the petition copies of leases signed by the  tenant  stating
          a rent of $265.00 for the period November 1, 1979 through October 
          31, 1981; $302.10 for the period November 1, 1981 through October 
          31, 1983; $323.25 for the period from November  1,  1983  through
          October 31, 1985; and $344.26 for the  period  from  November  1,
          1985 through October 31, 1987.  The tenant responded  and  argued






          BF 110018-RO
          that the petition should be denied because he states that he  was
          paying $286.62 until the owner raised the rent to $344.26.

          After a careful review of the evidence in the record, the Commis 
          sioner is of the opinion that the petition should be denied.

          When the owner answered the tenant's complaint,  he  agreed  that
          the tenant had been paying the registered rent  of  $286.62.   He
          did not at that time assert  that  an  incorrect  rent  had  been
          registered, nor did he submit copies of leases stating  a  higher
          amount.  The actual rent charged of $286.62 was correct y  deter-
          mined by the Administrator to be the  lawful  stabilization  rent
          upon which a 9% increase for the  subsequent  renewal  lease  was
          computed, resulting in an overcharge of $31.84 per month.

          After being directed to pay overcharges  of  $942.15,  the  owner
          attempts to explain that an incorrect  rent  was  registered  and
          submits a set of leases, including a 1985 renewal lease that  the
          owner had previously asserted  the  tenant  had  not  signed  and
          returned after repeated requests.

          The Commissioner notes that the scope of review in administrative 
          appeals is limited to facts or evidence before the  Administrator
          unless the petitioner establishes that certain facts or  evidence
          submitted with the petition could not have been  offered  or  in-
          cluded in the proceeding prior to the issuance of the order being 
          appealed.  Since the petitioner herein has not offered any expla 
          nation for the failure to submit to the Administrator the  leases
          included with the petition, they may not be  considered  for  the
          first time in this appeal, especially  since  the  tenant  raised
          the issue in his complaint of the owner's tendency  to  charge  a
          rental amount that is at variance with  what  is  either  on  the
          lease or on the registration statements.  

          The owner is directed to file amended  registrations  to  reflect
          the lawful stabilized rent of $312.42 established by the Adminis 
          trator for the April 1, 1985 to March 31, 1987  lease  term  with
          this Order and Opinion being cited as the reason f r  the  amend-
          ment.







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

          ORDERED, that this Petition be, and hereby is,  denied  and  that
          the Rent Administrator's order be, and hereby is, affirmed.


          ISSUED:
               

                                                   ELLIOT SANDER
                                                   Deputy Commissioner
    

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