Docket Number: BD-410139-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. BD 410139-RT
                                            :  
             BARRY CHIN AND MARY CHIN,         DISTRICT RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                               DOCKET   NO.   AE   420160-SD
                              PETITIONERS   : 
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                   ORDER AND OPINION TERMINATING PROCEEDING AND REFERRING
                           MATTER TO RENT ADMINISTRATOR

        On April 6, 1987, the  above-named  tenants  filed  a  petition  for
        administrative review of a report of vacancy decontrol filed by  the
        landlord concerning the housing accommodations known as 81  Eldridge
        Street, New York, New York, Apartment 14.  

        The report of decontrol filed by the landlord (Docket No. AE 420160 
        SD) asserts that the apartment became vacant on  or  about  February
        11, 1977 and that Chin took occupancy thereafter.  In their petition 
        for review, the Chins dispute the landlord's contention.

        After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion that 
        the administrative review proceeding should be terminated  and  that
        the  matter  should  be  referred  to  the  Rent  Administrator  for
        consideration.

        A report of vacancy decontrol is an ex parte statement of a landlord 
        as to facts establishing the decontrol.  It is subject,  of  course,
        to challenge by a tenant who disputes the allegations in the report. 
        If such challenge is made, the appropriate forum for  resolution  of
        the issue is by way of a proceeding under  Section  2202.22  of  the
        Regulations before the Rent Administrator, rather than by way of  an
        administrative    review    proceeding.     Following    the    Rent
        Administrator's  determination,  the  aggrieved  party  may  file  a
        petition  for   administrative   review   of   that   determination.
        Accordingly,  the  Commissioner  is  of  the   opinion   that   this
        administrative review proceeding should be terminated  as  premature
        and that this matter should be referred to  the  Rent  Administrator
        for commencement of  a  proceeding  under  Section  2202.22  of  the
        Regulations to determine the issues.

        THEREFORE, in accordance with the City Rent and  Rehabilitation  Law
        and the Rent and Eviction Regulations, it is







          Docket Number: BD-410139-RT

        ORDERED,  that  this  proceeding  be,  and  the  same   hereby   is,
        terminated, and that  this  matter  be,  and  the  same  hereby  is,
        referred to the Rent Administrator for commencement of a  proceeding
        under Section 2202.22  of  the  Rent  and  Eviction  Regulations  to
        determine the issues.

        ISSUED:




                                                                      
                                        ELLIOT SANDER
                                        Deputy Commissioner


    

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