BL 410164 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.:  BL 410164 RT

                    
                    MATTHEW HANDAL,               DRO DOCKET NO.: L 3112931 R
                                                                  CDR 31,782
                    
                                                  OWNER:  METROPOLITAN LIFE
                                                          INSURANCE COMPANY
                                  PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


          On December 8, 1987, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order issued on 
          November 10, 1987 by the Rent Administrator, 10 Columbus Circle, 
          New York, New York, concerning the housing accommodations known as 
          277 Avenue C, Apartment 9H, New York, New York wherein the Rent 
          Administrator dismissed the tenant's rent overcharge complaint.

          The Commissioner notes that this proceeding was filed prior to 
          April 1, 1984.  Sections 2526.1(a)(4) and 2521.1(d) of the Rent 
          Stabilization Code (effective May 1, 1987) governing rent 
          overcharge and fair market rent proceedings provide that 
          determination of these matters be based upon the law or code 
          provisions in effect on March 31, 1984.  Therefore, unless 
          otherwise indicated, reference to Sections of the Rent 
          Stabilization Code (Code) contained herein are to the Code in 
          effect on April 30, 1987.

          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 administrative appeal.

          This proceeding was originally commenced on March 28, 1984 when the 
          tenant filed a complaint of rent overcharge.

          The owner was served with a copy of the complaint and submitted a 
          complete rental history as required, denying any rent overcharge.
          In the order issued on November 10, 1987, the Administrator 
          determined that there was no overcharge and dismissed the 












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          complaint.

          In this appeal, the tenant contends that the rent collected per 
          month, $694.06, exceeded the amount stated in the lease, $654.06.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this appeal should be 
          denied.

          A review of the record reveals that the tenant's contention is 
          based upon a mis-reading of the rent which is correctly stated in 
          the lease as $694.06.  The Commissioner notes that the typed 
          figures are blurred and difficult to read.  However, as can be 
          verified by the rent calculation chart developed by the Rent 
          Administrator, the accuracy of the rent collected is confirmed by 
          the rental history submitted by the owner and the tenant has stated 
          that he paid $694.06 during this lease period rather than $654.06.

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

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, denied, and 
          that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 
          affirmed.




          ISSUED:

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                                                  JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                  Acting Deputy Commissioner
           
             
                                             
    

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