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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. BG 210103 RO
                                              :  DRO DOCKET NO.ZK-3104355-R
               DIANE D. BASSMAN                  

                                PETITIONER    : 


               On July 14, 1987, the above-named petitioner-landlord filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order issued on June 
          12, 1987, by the Rent  Administrator,  92-31  Union  Hall  Street,
          Jamaica, New York, concerning the housing accommodations known  as
          205 24th Street, Brooklyn, New York, Apartment No. 1L.

               The Administrative Appeal is being determined pursuant to the 
          provisions of the Rent and Eviction Regulations for New York City.

               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 initiated in March, 1984, by the tenant's 
          filing of a rent overcharge complaint in which the  tenant  stated
          that he first moved to the subject apartment in 1962 at  a  rental
          of $75.00 per month.  The prior landlord was served  with  a  copy
          of the tenant's complaint and subsequently was advised by the DHCR 
          that  the  subject  apartment  was  rent  controlled.   The  prior
          landlord was also afforded an opportunity to submit a response  to
          the tenant's complaint.  No response was received from  the  prior

               The Rent Administrator's order, appealed  herein  listed  the
          maximum collectible rent for the subject apartment as  $86.25  per
          month effective  August  1,  1970,  and  directed  that  all  rent
          collected in excess of $86.25 during the period  no  earlier  than
          two years prior to March 23, 1984 be refunded to the tenant within 
          thirty days after the order becomes  effective  together  with  6%
          interest from the date of  each  successive  rent  payment.   This
          order was based upon an examination of the rent  records  for  the
          subject apartment.  Said records indicated that the prior landlord 
          had never applied for maximum base rent increases for the  subject

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               In this petition, the current landlord alleges  in  substance
          that she purchased the subject premises on April 2, 1985, that she 
          was informed by the prior landlord that the subject apartment  was
          rent stabilized, that she has  been  unable  to  obtain  the  rent
          records for the subject apartment from the DHCR due to asbestos in 
          the basement at Gertz Plaza, and that she will amend her  petition
          when she obtains a copy of the rent record.  The current  landlord
          made no further submissions in this case.

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

               Rent records for the  subject  apartment  disclose  that  the
          subject apartment was rent controlled during the occupancy of  the
          tenant herein and that the maximum collectible rent was  correctly
          established as $86.25 per month by the Rent Administrator's  order
          appealed herein.  It is noted that the  current  landlord  in  her
          appeal  has  submitted  no  evidence  to  show  that  the  subject
          apartment was not rent controlled nor that the maximum collectible 
          rent  was  not  correctly  established.   Accordingly,  the   Rent
          Administrator's order was warranted.

               This order is issued without  prejudice  to  any  action  the
          current landlord may bring against  the  prior  landlord  for  any
          rent overcharges the current landlord refunds to the tenant herein 
          attributable to the prior  landlord's  representations  concerning
          the legal rent of the subject apartment.

               THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent  and
          Eviction Regulations for New York City, 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.


                                          ELLIOT SANDER
                                          Deputy Commissioner


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