CF210272RO


                                  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.BB410003RO
                                              :    DRO DOCKET NO.37395
            Milford Mgmt. Corp.,Agent for                                   
            Lincoln Plaza Associates,              PREMISES: 20  West  64th
                                                   Street Apartment 34U
                               PETITIONER     :    New York, New York 10023
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                       ORDER AND OPINION TERMINATING PROCEEDING

          The above-named petitioner filed a Petition for Administrative 
          Review of an order issued by the Tenant Objection Unit concerning 
          the tenant's objection to the room court registered by the owner on 
          the initial apartment registration statement.

          The Rent Stabilization Law and Code do not contain any provisions 
          pursuant to which a successful challenge to the size/room count of 
          a housing accommodation would constitute, by itself, a basis for a 
          finding of overcharge or other rental violation.

          Under the Rent Stabilization Code, the rent charged for a housing 
          accommodation may be affected by the size/number of rooms of such 
          accommodation only when there are Major Capital Improvement (MCI) 
          rent increases issued by the DHCR computed on a per room basis.

          Accordingly, any  challenge  to  the  room  count  of  a  housing
          accommodation will only be addressed during such proceedings where 
          it would directly affect the computation of the rent increase.

          Accordingly, the Commissioner  is  of  the  opinion  that  it  is
          unnecessary to decide the issue raised in this appeal.

          This proceeding, therefore, is terminated without prejudice to the 
          tenant raising the issue as part  of  a  pending  or  future  MCI
          proceeding in which the tenant wishes to challenge the number  of
          rooms assigned to the apartment for the purpose of allocating the 
          MCI.

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















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          ORDERED, that  this  proceeding  be,  and  the  same  hereby  is,
          terminated.



          ISSUED:




                                                                            
                                                      JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                      Deputy Commissioner
               
    

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