BF 410375 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 410375 RO
                                                  
          DIVERSIFIED PROPERTIES MANAGEMENT       RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: O44045
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                          
               On June 7, 1987 the above named petitioner-owner filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued June 4, 1987. The order concerned housing 
          accommodations known as Apt 4-B located at 237 W. 109th Street, New 
          York, N.Y.  The Administrator determined the tenant's objection to 
          the 1984 apartment registration.

               The Commissioner has reviewed the record and carefully 
          considered that portion relevant to the issues raised by this 
          appeal.

               The tenant commenced this proceeding on September 26, 1984 by 
          filing an objection to the 1984 apartment registration in which it 
          was alleged that various services were omitted from the 
          registration.

               The owner was served with the objection on April 14, 1987 and 
          directed to submit an answer within 20 days.  No response was 
          received.
           
               Based on the owner's failure to respond, the tenant's factual 
          allegations were deemed admitted and the registration was amended 
          to include the services the tenant claimed had been omitted.

               In the petition for administrative review the owner asserts 
          that it did mail an answer to the objection on June 1, 1987 and 
          encloses a copy of that answer.

               After careful consideration of the evidence of record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be denied.

               By the owner's own admission the answer was not submitted 
          within the 20 day time limit provided for in the April 14, 1987 












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          transmittal notice.  There is also no evidence that the answer was 
          actually sent to the Administrator.  Although the answer bears a 
          handwritten certified mail receipt, the owner failed to respond to 
          a February 19, 1992 request for proof of mailing.

               In the absence of any evidence that a timely answer was 
          submitted to the Administrator before the order was issued, the 
          Commissioner finds that the order was properly based on the record 
          and must be affirmed.

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code it 
          is 

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

          ISSUED:



                                                                             
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner
                                   
    

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