OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                                DOCKET NO.BH420308RO
                                              :    DRO DOCKET NO.
            Michael Rosenblatt                              ZAE410259RV
                                                   TENANT: Jong or 
                               PETITIONER     :            Ok Choi


          On August 27, 1987,  the  above-named  petitioner-owner  filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review against  an  order  issued  on
          August 14, 1987 by the Rent Administrator 92-31 Union Hall Street 
          Jamaica, New York concerning the housing accommodation known as 203 
          West 107 Street, Apartment 6B, New York, New York wherein the Rent 
          Administrator directed the owner to offer the  tenant  a  renewal

          The Commissioner has examined all of the evidence of record and has 
          carefullly considered that portion of the record relevant to  the
          issue raised in the Administrative Appeal.

          This proceeding was commenced when the tenant filed a complaint in 
          May 1986 of owner's failure to renew lease.

          In answer to the complaint, the owner asserted  that  because  he
          charged the tenant less rent than the  legal  maximum  since  the
          tenant claimed he could not afford guideline increases  on  lease
          renewal, he had not always provided leases to the tenant. 

          In the order issued on August 14, 1987, the Administrator directed 
          the owner to renew the tenant's lease for either one or two years 
          at the tenant's option.

          In his appeal, the owner  contends  that  the  order  erroneously
          assumes that the owner did not timely offer a lease renewal, but, 
          in truth, the tenant had refused to sign the lease which had been 
          timely offered.  Therefore, the owner asserts  that  the  renewal
          should date from April 1, 1986, the original lease date and that he 
          should be permitted guidelines increases as of that date.

          Although given the opportunity to do so, the tenant did not reply 
          to the owner's appeal.


          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition  should  be

          Review of agency records reveals that in a related proceeding under 
          Order No. ZAD410531R, the Administrator correctly determined (said 
          determination upheld in PAR Order #BI410292RT) that as of October 
          1, 1983 and thereafter the tenant could  not  refuse  to  sign  a
          renewal lease because no three year option was given, and that the 
          tenant had refused to sign his 1986 renewal lease on that  basis.
          Since the evidence in this companion proceeding indicates that the 
          tenant refused to sign a renewal lease commencing April  1,  1986
          when tendered on the basis that he wanted a three year lease, the 
          Commissioner finds that the owner is entitled to have a two  year
          lease commence on April 1, 1986 and  to  have  the  renewal  rent
          increases effective as of that date. 

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

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



                                                      JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                      Deputy Commissioner


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