Docket No. BI 710016-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
          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: BI 710016-RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
          Sterling Ridge Realty,                  NO.: M-B-F-7-1-0038-R
           
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


              On September 11, 1987, the above-named owner filed a petition 
          for administrative review of an order issued on August 7, 1987 by 
          a District Rent Administrator concerning the housing accommodation 
          known as Apartment 2-Q, 101 Clinton Avenue, Mineola, 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 review.

              The proceeding was commenced by the filing of a rent overcharge 
          complaint by the subject tenant on June 2, 1987.  The complaint 
          alleged that the tenant is being charged excess rent for garage 
          space.

              On June 10, 1987 the rent agency mailed to the owner a copy of 
          the tenant's complaint, along with a notice which stated that the 
          owner had twenty days from the above-mentioned date to submit an 
          answer.

              The owner did not submit an answer to the Administrator.

              In the order under review herein, the Administrator noted that 
          the owner was served with a copy of the tenant's complaint, but had 
          not submitted an answer.  The Administrator determined that the 
          tenant had been paying rent in excess of the legal regulated rent 
          for the parking garage.  The Administrator directed the owner to 
          refund any money collected from the tenant that was in excess of 
          the legal regulated rent for the garage.

              The owner's petition asserts that the owner did not receive a 
          copy of the tenant's complaint, and therefore did not have an 












          Docket No. BI 710016-RO

          opportunity to respond.

              After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
          that the owner's petition should be denied.

              As the record reflects that the Administrator mailed to the 
          owner a copy of the tenant's complaint on June 10, 1987, and that 
          the owner did not respond, the Commissioner finds that the 
          Administrator's order should be affirmed.

              The Commissioner notes that the owner's petition does not 
          dispute the Administrator's finding of an overcharge.

              Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that the owner's petition 
          should be denied.

              THEREFORE, in accordance with the Emergency Tenant Protection 
          Act of 1974 and the State Tenant Protection Regulations, it is

              ORDERED, that the owner's petition be, and the same hereby is, 
          denied, and that the order issued by the Rent Administrator be, and 
          the same hereby is, affirmed.

          ISSUED:



                                                                            
                                             Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                             Acting Deputy Commissioner
    

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