BL 110138-RO


                                  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.:   
                                                  BL 110138-RO             
                    CAMPUS ASSOCIATES,
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                  PETITIONER      Q 3119963-R 
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW  
                         AND MODIFYING ADMINISTRATOR'S ORDER


          On December 17, 1987, the above-named  owner,  filed  a  Petition
          for Administrative Review against an order issued on November 12, 
          1987, by the Administrator (10 Columbus Circle, New York, 
          New York) concerning housing accommodations, known  as  Apartment
          318-A, at 69-15 150th Street, Flushing,  New  York,  wherein  the
          Rent Administrator determined  the  tenant's  complaint  of  rent
          overcharge, established the legal regulated rent at  $433.21  per
          month as of December, 1982 through November 30, 1985 and directed 
          the refund of rent overcharges ($595.43  including  interest  and
          excess  security)  for  the  period  November  15,  1981  through
          November 31, 1985.  The owners listed in the order are T. .  Man-
          agement Corp. and the petitioner herein.

          In this petition the current owner does not question the pro-
          priety of such portion  of  the  Rent  Administrator's  order  as
          determined that an overcharge occurred or the extent thereof  but
          rather contends, in substance, that it took ownership on  January
          17, 1984, and thus the Administrator's order should  be  modified
          so as to reflect the amount of its individual responsibility with 
          respect to the complaining tenant.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition  should  be
          granted.


          The Commissioner notes that Section 2526.1(f) provides  that  for
          complaints filed before April 1, 1984, an owner  is  liable  only
          for his or her portion  of  the  overcharges  collected,  in  the
          absence of collusion or any relationship between such  owner  and
          any prior owners.  Since this complaint was filed prior to  April
          1, 1984, the obligation of the  petition  herein  is  limited  to
          $178.74 to cover the period from its acquisition of  the  subject
          building, January 17, 1984, to  November  31,  1985.   The  prior
          owner, Campus Hall Apartments, is responsible for  the  remaining







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          $416.69.

          This determination is without  prejudice  to  the  right  of  the
          tenant to proceed in a Court  of  appropriate  Jurisdiction  with
          respect to the remaining balance.


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

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is,  granted;
          and that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the  same  hereby
          is, modified to the extent  of  apportioning  the  obligation  to
          refund overcharges; and that as so modified said  order  be,  and
          the same hereby is, affirmed.


          ISSUED:


                                                                           
                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Deputy Commissioner


                                          
    

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