BG 410230 RT

                                  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.:  BG 410230 RT

                                                 DRO DOCKET NO.: TC 082690 G
                    STEVEN H. KELNER,                            CDR 30,830

                                                 TENANT:  STEVEN M. KELNER
                                    PETITIONER    
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


          On July 27, 1987, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order issued on July 
          8, 1987, by the Rent Administrator, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, 
          New York, concerning the housing accommodations known as 131 East 
          83rd Street, New York, New York Apartment No. 5B, wherein the Rent 
          Administrator determined that the tenant had vacated without a 
          forwarding address and terminated the tenant's complaint.

          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.  

          In Order Number CDR 30,830, the Rent Administrator determined that 
          the tenant had vacated the subject apartment and terminated the 
          proceeding.

          In this petition, the tenant contends in substance that the Rent 
          Administrator's order is in error because the tenant had not 
          vacated the apartment but did send in a request withdrawing his 
          complaint.  The tenant requests that the Rent Administrator's order 
          be modified to indicate that the proceeding should be terminated 
          due to the withdrawal of the complaint not due to the tenant's 
          vacating the subject apartment.

          In answer to the tenant's petition, the owner contends in substance 
          that it concurs with the tenant that the complaint was withdrawn by 
          the tenant.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should be 
          granted.
          An examination of the records in this case discloses that the 
          tenant is correct in its contention that the rent Administrator 







          BG 410230 RT

          erroneously stated that the tenant had vacated the subject 
          apartment in terminating the proceeding.  Evidence in the file 
          indicates that a request for updated rental history dated July 21, 
          1986 sent to the tenant by certified mail was returned by the 
          United States Postal Service as "unclaimed" not "moved".

          Accordingly, the tenant's complaint should have been terminated as 
          a withdrawal as requested in the petition.

          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, granted, that the order of the Rent Administrator 
          be, and the same hereby is, modified to show that the tenant 
          withdrew his overcharge complaint rather than that the tenant moved 
          from the subject apartment.  In all other respects, the Rent 
          Administrator's order is affirmed.



          ISSUED



                                                                      
                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Acting Deputy Commissioner
    

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