BF110231.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
      APPEALS OF                             DOCKET NOS. BF110231RO  
                                                                       
           P. Zaccaro Co., Inc.,          :  DISTRICT RENT OFFICE
                                             DOCKET NOS. Q3118875R  
                                                                     
                                             TENANT: Benny Brenner           
                            PETITIONER    : 
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           ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

      On June 24, 1987, the above-named prior owner filed a Petition for 
      Administrative Review against an order issued on June 12, 1987, by a 
      Rent Administrator, concerning the housing accommodations known as 66-17 
      Park Drive East, Kew Gardens, New York, Apartment No. A, wherein the 
      Rent Administrator determined that the owner overcharged the tenant.

      The Administrative Appeal is being determined pursuant to the provisions 
      of Section 2526.1 of the Rent Stabilization Code.

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

      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 of a rent 
      overcharge complaint by the tenant on March 28, 1984.  The current owner 
      was served with a copy of the tenant's complaint and submitted a 
      complete rental history as required. 

      In Docket Number A 3118875 R, the Rent Administrator determined that the 
      tenant had been overcharged and directed a refund to the tenant of 
      $727.73 including interest on overcharges collected on and after April 
      1, 1984.

      In this petition, the owner contends in substance that it was merely the 
      trustee appointed by the Union States Bankruptcy Court.  As such, it is 
      contended that it is not liable for overcharges for the period of April 
      1, 1980 to September 30, 1982, when it served in this capacity.

      The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should be denied.
      Section 2520.6(i) of the Rent Stabilization Code defines the term owner.  
      The section includes as an owner any person or entity receiving or 
      entitled to receive rent for the use or occupation of any housing 
      accommodation, or an agent of the foregoing.  Clearly, the petitioner 
      qualifies as an owner under this definition.  Neither the Rent 
      Stabilization Law nor Code allows for any specific exception from this 







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      definition for a trustee appointed by the United States Bankruptcy Code.

      Accordingly, the Rent Administrator's order was warranted.

      The petitioner is liable for $113.94.  This amount constitutes the 
      overcharges collected from April 1, 1980 through September 30, 1982 by 
      the petitioner, P, Zaccaro Co., Inc.

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

      ORDERED, that this petition for administrative review be, and the same 
      hereby is, denied, and, that the order of the Rent Administrator be, and 
      the same hereby is, affirmed.



      ISSUED:



                                                                    
                                      JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                      Deputy Commissioner


    

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