DOCKET NUMBER: BK 410145-RT
                                 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.: BK 410145-RT
                                         :  
                                            DRO DOCKET NO.: AD 410485-R
       DOUGLAS B. BLUM,
                           PETITIONER    : 
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           ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

     On November 2, 1987, the above-named petitioner-tenant  filed  a  Petition
     for Administrative Review against an order issued on September 29, 1987 by 
     the Director Rent Administrator, 92-31 Union  Hall  Street,  Jamaica,  New
     York, concerning the housing accommodations known as Apartment 24  at  190
     East  2nd  Street,  New  York,  New  York,  wherein  the   District   Rent
     Administrator denied the tenant's overcharge complaint.

     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 administrative appeal.

     This proceeding was originally commenced on April 29, 1986 by  the  filing
     of a rent overcharge complaint by the tenant.  The tenant  took  occupancy
     pursuant to a lease commencing June 15, 1984 and expiring June 14, 1985 at 
     a monthly rent of $450.00.  The tenant indicated in his complaint that  he
     had received an apartment registration  form  (RR-1)  from  the  owner  in
     September 1984.

     In the order under appeal herein the  Administrator  determined  that  the
     tenant had been served with an apartment registration form and had  failed
     to file an objection to the initial rent within 90 days thereafter.  Based
     thereon, the Administrator determined that the registered rent of  $450.00
     was the lawful,  initial  rent  determined  that  the  tenant's  rent  was
     lawfully increased to $490.50 for the renewal lease  commencing  June  15,
     1987,  denied  the  tenant's  overcharge  complaint  and  terminated   the
     proceeding.

     In this petition, the tenant asserts that he is entitled to know the  rent
     paid by the prior tenant for the subject apartment on or before  April  1,
     1984.  The tenant states that he  offers  no  legal  excuse  for  his  own
     negligence in not contesting the rent within 90 days, but  he  requests  a
     rent history of the apartment.

     In answer to this petition, the owner asserts that the  tenant  failed  to
     challenge the rent within 90 days after registration.  

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







          DOCKET NUMBER: BK 410145-RT
     Pursuant to Section 2526.1(a)(2)(ii) of the Rent Stabilization  Code,  any
     complaint based upon overcharges occurring prior to the date of filing  of
     the initial apartment registration must be filed within 90 days of service 
     of the apartment registration on the tenant.

     In this case the tenant acknowledges receipt of the apartment registration 
     form and acknowledges that he has no legal excuse for failing to challenge 
     the initial registered rent within 90 days.  The Commissioner  finds  that
     the Administrator properly determined that  the  initial  registered  rent
     became the lawful initial rent for the  subject  apartment  and  that  the
     tenant was not overcharged thereafter.

     THEREFORE, in accordance with 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  District  Rent  Administrator
     be, and the same hereby is, affirmed.

     ISSUED:















                                                                   
                                     ELLIOT SANDER
                                     Deputy Commissioner




                                                   
      
    

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