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

      APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO. BI410026RT

           Roberto Ponce,                 :  DISTRICT RENT OFFICE
                                             DOCKET NO. ZAA500507-R
                                             OWNER: Robert Stein        

                            PETITIONER    : 


      On September 10, 1987, the above-named tenant filed a Petition for 
      Administrative Review against an order issued on September 1, 1987, by 
      the Rent Administrator concerning the housing accommodations known as   
      880 West 181st Street, New York, New York, Apartment No. 2C, wherein the 
      Rent Administrator determined that there were no overcharges to the 

      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 

      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.  

      The tenant originally commenced this proceeding by filing on November 
      30, 1985 a complaint of rent overcharge.  

      In Order No. ZAA500507-R, the Rent Administrator determined that the 
      tenant was served with a copy of the Initial Apartment Registration and 
      that said tenant did not file a timely objection to the rent stated 
      therein.  Further, the Rent Administrator determined that, based on the 
      Initial Lawful Registered Rent of $285.69 as stated on the April 1, 1984 
      Initial Apartment Registration and the lawful increase thereto in the 
      amount of $25.71 for the January 1, 1985 one year renewal lease, no 
      overcharge in rent for the period April 1, 1984 through December 31, 
      1986 had occurred.

      In this petition, the tenant requests reversal of the Rent 
      Administrator's order.  The tenant contends, in substance, that, since 


      he was not served with a copy of the April 1, 1984 Initial Apartment 
      Registration, the Rent Administrator's order, stating the contrary, 
      should be revoked.  The tenant further contends that the computation of 
      the Initial Legal Regulated Rent should be established as of the first 
      rent stabilized tenancy of the subject apartment. 

      The Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be denied.

      The Commissioner notes that the tenant did not raise the issue that he 
      had not been served with a copy of the April 1, 1984 Initial Apartment 
      Registration in the proceeding before the Rent Administrator.  The 
      Commissioner finds that such issue, therefore, cannot be considered for 
      the first time on appeal.

      Moreover, the Commissioner notes that, upon an examination of the 
      record, the tenant indicated in his overcharge complaint, dated November 
      30, 1985, that, indeed, he was provided with a copy of the April 1, 1984 
      Initial Apartment Registration and that he did not file an objection to 
      said Registration on or after April 1, 1984.

      Accordingly, the Commissioner has determined that the April 1, 1984 
      Initial Apartment Registration must be deemed timely served on the 

      Section 2526.1(a)(3)(i) of the Rent Stabilization Code provides in 
      pertinent part that the legal regulated rent for the purpose of 
      determining an overcharge shall be deemed to be the rent shown in the 
      annual Registration statement filed four years prior to the most recent 
      Registration, or, if more recently filed, the Initial Registration 
      statement plus, in each case, any subsequent lawful increases and 

      Accordingly, since the April 1, 1984 Registration constitutes, in the 
      instant case, the Initial Apartment Registration for the subject 
      apartment, the rent stated therein was properly established as the 
      Initial Legal Regulated Rent (the base rent) to which subsequent lawful 
      increases were added.

      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.


                                      JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                      Deputy Commissioner

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