CF410101RO
                             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. CF410101RO

           Andrew Hoffman,                     District Rent Office
                                               Docket No. 050408

                                               Premises: 445 West 23rd Street
                                                         Apt 9C
                                                         New York, NY
                               PETITIONER
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                     ORDER AND OPINION TERMINATING PROCEEDING


      The above named petitioner filed a Petition for Administrative Review of 
      an order issued by the Tenant Objection Unit terminating the tenant's 
      objection to the room count reported by the owner on the initial 
      apartment registration statement.

      The Rent Stabilization Law and Code do not contain any provisions 
      pursuant to which a successful challenge to the room count of a housing 
      accommodation would constitute, by itself, a basis for a finding of 
      overcharge or other rental violation.

      Under the Rent Stabilization Code, the rent charged for a housing 
      accommodation may be affected by the size/number of rooms of such 
      accommodation only when there are Major Capital Improvement (MCI) rent 
      increases issued by DHCR computed on a per room basis.

      Accordingly, any challenge to the room count of a housing accommodation 
      will only be addressed during such proceeding where it would directly 
      affect the computation of the rent increase.

      Accordingly, the Commissioner is of the opinion that it is unnecessary 
      to decide the issue raised in this appeal.

      The proceeding, therefore, is terminated without prejudice to the tenant 
      raising the issue as part of a pending or future MCI proceeding in which 
      the tenant wishes to challenge the number of rooms assigned to the 
      apartment for purpose of allocating the MCI.















          CF410101RO

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

      ORDERED, that this proceeding be, and the same hereby is, terminated.



      ISSUED:



                                                                              
                                              JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                              Deputy Commissioner
    

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