BI 410184 RO

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

          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO.: BI 410184 RO

                     S.S.D.W. COMPANY,           DRO DOCKET NO.: L 3117612 R
                                                                 CDR 40,032
                                                 TENANT: JO-ANN WHITEHORN     


          On August 31, 1987, the above-named petitioner-owner filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order issued on      
          July 27, 1987, by the Rent Administrator, 10 Columbus Circle New 
          York, New York, concerning the housing accommodations known as     
          115 East 87th Street New York, New York, Apartment No. 28B
          wherein the Rent Administrator determined that the owner had 
          overcharged the tenant.

          The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator's order was 

          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 originally commenced by the filing in March 
          1984 of a rent overcharge complaint by the tenant.

          In answer to the tenant's complaint, the owner stated in substance 
          that the building was built in January 1975 but submitted no rental 
          history from that date to the occupancy of the complainant in 
          February 1978.

          In Order Number CDR 40,032, the Rent Administrator determined that, 
          due to the owner's failure to submit a complete rental history, the 
          tenant had been overcharged in the amount of $15,243.91 and 
          directed the owner to refund such overcharge to the tenant as well 
          as to reduce the rent.

          In this petition, the owner contends in substance that prior to the 
          issuance of the Rent Administrator's Order on July 27, 1987, the 
          owner and tenant had entered into a stipulation discontinuing 
          action on July 20, 1987 wherein in consideration for $10,000.00, 
          the tenant signed a general release withdrawing docket L 3117612 R.  
          Copies of the stipulation, general release with the tenant's 
          notarized signature and the face of a check payable to the tenant 
          in the sum of $10,000.00 were submitted along with the owner's 
          petition.  The owner's petition was served on the tenant on 

          BI 410184 RO

          November 27, 1987.

          The tenant failed to interpose a response to the owner's petition.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should be 

          An examination of the record in this case discloses that after the 
          service of a notice of pending default on the owner dated May 28, 
          1987 but prior to the issuing of the order on July 27, 1987, the  
          owner and tenant entered into the stipulation discontinuing the 
          action.  However, the Rent Administrator issued the order appealed 
          herein prior to the receipt of the stipulation.  The tenant has not 
          contested the owner's contention that the docket filed by the 
          tenant in March 1984 was withdrawn on July 20, 1987.

          Further a plan converting the subject premises to a non-eviction 
          coop was declared effective November 25, 1986 and it appears that 
          the subject apartment herein is no longer subject to the Rent 
          Stabilization Law and Code.  

          Accordingly, the owner's petition is granted due to the tenant's 
          withdrawal of the complaint prior to the issuance of the Rent 
          Administrator's order.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with 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, revoked.


                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Acting Deputy Commissioner



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