Adm. Review Docket Number: CA 410061-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.: CA 410061-RT 
                                            :  
             SIMON M. HART,                 :  DRO DOCKET NO.: AI 410306-R  
                                            :
                              PETITIONER    : 
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           ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

        On January 25,  1988,  the  above-named  petitioner-tenant  filed  a
        Petition for Administrative Review of an order  issued  on  December
        27, 1987, by the  District  Rent  Administrator,  92-31  Union  Hall
        Street, Jamaica, New York, concerning housing  accommodations  known
        as Apartment 5D at 314 West 56th Street, New York, New York, wherein 
        the District Rent Administrator determined that the tenant  had  not
        been overcharged.  

        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.

        This proceeding was originally commenced by the  filing  of  a  rent
        overcharge complaint by the  tenant  on  September  24,  1986.   The
        tenant stated in  his  complaint  that  he  received  the  apartment
        registration form in March or early April 1984.

        In the order under appeal herein, the  District  Rent  Administrator
        determined that the tenant had failed to file a timely objection  to
        the apartment registration, that the April 1, 1984  registered  rent
        was the lawful initial registered rent, and that the tenant was  not
        overcharged thereafter.

        In this petition, the tenant states that  his  claim  of  overcharge
        from his initial occupancy in 1979 still stands; that he  discovered
        in 1986 that a neighbor in the building had received an  order  from
        the DHCR regarding a claim of rent overcharge; and that he filed his 
        overcharge complaint at that time.

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

        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 has acknowledged receipt of  the  apartment
        registration in March or April 1984 and failed to file the complaint 
        within 90 days of service of this notice.  There is no provision  in
        the Rent Stabilization Law or Code for  extending  the  time  within







        Adm. Review Docket Number: CA 410061-RT
        which the tenant may file a challenge to the  initial  registration.
        The Commissioner therefore finds  that  the  Administrator  properly
        determined that the tenant's challenge to the  initial  registration
        was untimely filed and that the April 1, 1984  registered  rent  was
        the lawful initial registered rent.

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

        ORDERED, that this petition be and the same  hereby  is  denied  and
        the District Rent Administrator's order be and the  same  hereby  is
        affirmed.

        ISSUED:




                                                                      
                                        ELLIOT SANDER
                                        Deputy Commissioner


    

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