STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO.:               
                                                 BG-210306 RO
                                                 RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S   
                                                 DOCKET NO.: 034249       
              2 WEST END AVENUE REALTY CO.   

                              PETITIONER      : 


               On July 10, 1987, the above-named petitioner-owner filed an 
          Administrative Appeal against an order issued on June 4, 1987 by 
          the District Rent Administrator, 92-31 Union Hall Street, Jamaica, 
          New York, concerning the housing accommodations known as 2 West End 
          Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, Apartment 2-L.

               The issue herein is whether the District Rent Administrator 
          properly determined the tenant's objection to the 1984 apartment 
          rent/services registration.

               On October 3, 1984, the tenant commenced the original 
          proceeding by filing with the Division a tenant's objection form to 
          the services registration statement filed by the owner.  The tenant 
          alleged that the owner did not include therein a number of 
          apartment and building services.   

               On April 24, 1987,a copy of the tenant's objection to the 
          services registration was sent to the owner.

               The District Rent Administrator's order, appealed herein,     
          determined inter alia, that the owner, in not filing an answer to 
          the tenant's objection, had defaulted and that as a result thereof, 
          the factual allegations of the tenant's objection were deemed 
          admitted.  It further determined that the owner provides the 
          services cited in the tenant's objection, with the exception of 
          painting, which is a required service and need not be registered 
          and that the tenant is responsible for the maintenance of blinds 
          and screens.  The registration was amended to reflect these facts. 

          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: BG-210306 RO

               On appeal, the petitioner-owner asserts, in substance, that 
          the District Rent Administrator's order is erroneous, because an 
          answer was submitted below but was not considered.

               After a careful consideration of the entire evidence of record 
          the Commissioner is of the opinion that the administrative appeal 
          should be remanded to the Rent Administrator for further 

               A review of the record reveals that the petitioner mailed an 
          answer to the tenant's objection to the DHCR by certified mail, on
          May 27, 1987, and a signed certified mail receipt, dated May 29, 
          1987, was submitted as evidence thereof.

               Additionally, the petitioner submitted a copy of the answer, 
          which contained the certified mail number corresponding to the 
          number on the certified mail receipt.

               Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that due process requires 
          that this proceeding be remanded to the Rent Administrator for the 
          purpose of giving due consideration to the petitioner's answer.

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

               ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is granted 
          to the extent of remanding this proceeding to the District Rent 
          Administrator for further processing in accordance with this order 
          and opinion.


                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Acting Deputy Commissioner



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