Docket No.BD420551RO
                                    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. BD420551RO  

                                                  DISTRICT RENT             
          50 EAST 78TH CORPORATION,               ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO. LC000164AR(LC000002RP) 
           
                                   PETITIONER
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          ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW IN 
          PART AND REMANDING THE PROCEEDING TO THE RENT ADMINISTRATOR

              On April 17, 1987, the above-named landlord filed a petition 
          for administrative review of an order issued on March 18, 1987 by 
          a Rent Administrator concerning various housing accommodations in 
          the premises known as 50 East 78th Street, New York, New York.

              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 petition for administrative review.

              The Administrator issued an order on January 25, 1982 under 
          Docket No. 5M4510 which granted the landlord maximum base rent 
          (M.B.R.) increases for the 1982-1983 period.

              Subsequent orders issued by the Administrator revoked the 
          above-mentioned M.B.R. order of eligibility on the grounds that the 
          landlord did not serve the subject tenants the applicable forms as 
          noted in the terms and conditions of the aforementioned 1982-1983 
          M.B.R. order of eligibility.

              The issue in this proceeding is whether the rent agency 
          properly revoked the 1982-1983 M.B.R. order of eligibility.

              In the landlord's petition it alleges, among other things, that 
          it, did in fact, serve the subject tenants the above-mentioned 
          applicable forms to qualify for M.B.R. increases for the 1982-1983 
          period.

              To its petition the subject landlord attaches an affidavit 
          sworn to by the subject building's managing agent which asserts, 
          among other things, that she "prepared the 1982/83 N-26's for 1982 
          and 1983 and arranged for personal delivery to each tenant at the 
          premises, on November 29, 1983, both with a copy of the Order of 












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          Eligibility, as well as the N-26 for said tenant's apartment," and 
          that she submitted the master building schedules to the rent agency 
          on December 7, 1983.

              In addition, the subject landlord attaches an affidavit sworn 
          to by the subject building's superintendent which asserts, among 
          other things, that, in the latter part of November, 1983, I 
          distributed M.B.R. forms "either directly to the tenants or left 
          with their mail at each apartment."

              On July 17, 1987, various tenants submitted affidavits which 
          assert that they did not "receive the 1982 and 1983 N-26 forms nor 
          the Order of Eligibility."

              After careful consideration, the Commissioner finds that the 
          landlord's petition should be granted in part and that this 
          proceeding should be remanded to the Administrator for the 
          ministerial act of recalculating the tenants' rents.

              The Commissioner finds that the evidence in the record is not 
          sufficient to sustain the revocation of the M.B.R. order of 
          eligibility for the 1982-1983 biennial cycle.

              The record reflects that the applicable M.B.R. forms were 
          served on the subject tenants on November 29, 1983.

              As the record reflects that the applicable M.B.R. forms were 
          served on the subject tenants after sixty days from the issuance 
          date of the 1982-1983 M.B.R. order of eligibility, based upon the 
          terms and conditions of the above-mentioned order, the Commissioner 
          finds that the M.B.R. increase for the 1982-1983 period is 
          effective prospectively from November 29, 1983.

              Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that the M.B.R. increase 
          for the 1982-1983 period is effective on December 1, 1983.

              The Commissioner is of the opinion that this proceeding should 
          be remanded to the Administrator for the ministerial act of 
          adjusting the subject apartments' maximum base rents and maximum 
          rents in accordance with this order and opinion, and to update the 
          subject apartments' maximum base rents and maximum rents in 
          accordance with any subsequent M.B.R. orders of eligibility issued 
          by the rent agency.

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

              ORDERED, that the landlord's petition be, and the same hereby 
          is, granted in part, and that the Administrator's order shall be 
          modified in accordance with this order and opinion; and it is

              FURTHER ORDERED, that the proceeding shall be remanded to the 






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          Administrator for the ministerial act of adjusting the subject 
          apartments' maximum base rents and maximum rents in accordance with 
          this order and opinion; and to update the subject apartments' 
          maximum base rents and maximum rents in accordance with any 
          subsequent M.B.R. orders of eligibility issued by the rent agency, 
          and it is

              FURTHER ORDERED, that the previously issued Administrator's 
          order remains in full force and effect until a new order is issued 
          on remand.

          ISSUED:



                                                                            
                                             Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                             Deputy Commissioner






    

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