Adm. Review Docket Number: BC 420145-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. BC 420145-RT
                                            :  
             NANCY FEINBERG,                   DISTRICT RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                               DOCKET NO. LC 000363-AD
                              PETITIONER    : 
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           ORDER AND OPINION REMANDING PROCEEDING TO RENT ADMINISTRATOR

        On March 18, 1987, the  above-named  tenant  filed  a  petition  for
        administrative review of  an  order  issued  on  February  20,  1987
        concerning the housing accommodations known as Apartment F, 163 West 
        85th Street, New York, N.Y. 

        The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in the record  and
        has carefully considered that portion of the record relevant to  the
        issues raised by the petition for review.  

        The tenant commenced  this  proceeding  on  September  16,  1985  by
        requesting a determination as to the rent regulation status  of  the
        subject building and a determination  of  her  lawful  stabilization
        rent, if applicable.

        In the order here under review, the  Administrator  determined  that
        the subject building was subject to the Rent Stabilization Code, and 
        that the lawful rent for the subject  apartment  was  $409.00.   The
        owner was ordered to register  this  apartment,  and  to  offer  the
        tenant a lease.

        In her petition for administrative review, the tenant states,  among
        other things, that the lawful rent set by the Administrator was  too
        high.  Further, she requests  a  specific  accounting  of  the  rent
        overcharges.

        The owner interposed no answer to the petition.

        After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion that 
        this proceeding should be remanded to  the  Rent  Administrator  for
        further processing.

        The Commissioner notes  that  in  Docket  No.  AD  410311-R  (issued
        February 17, 1988), involving the same parties as the instant  case,
        the tenant requested the same relief that she is requesting in  this
        petition.  In that case a Rent  Administrator  determined  that  the
        Rent Stabilization Law is not applicable to  the  subject  building.
        The tenant failed to file a petition for  administrative  review  of
        Docket No. AD 410311 R.  The Commissioner notes that when Docket No. 
        AD 410311 R was issued, the tenant had  already  filed  the  instant
        petition for review of Docket No. LC 000363-AD, which  found,  among
        other  things,  that   the   subject   building   was   subject   to
        stabilization.  Accordingly, the tenant could reasonably have relied 







        Adm. Review Docket Number: BC 420145-RT
        upon the pendency of the instant petition in not filing  a  petition
        for review of Docket No. AD 410311-R.

        In light of these circumstances, the Commissioner is of the  opinion
        that this case must be reprocesed for an  appropriate  determination
        of the status of the subject premises, and an appropriate accounting 
        of overcharges if the Rent Stabilization Law applies to the  subject
        premises.

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

        ORDERED, that this proceeding be, and the same hereby  is,  remanded
        to the Rent Administrator for further processing in accordance  with
        this order and opinion. 

        ISSUED:



                                                                      
                                        ELLIOT SANDER
                                        Deputy Commissioner
    

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