Docket No. CC 410019-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.:CC 410019-RO       
                                                
            NEW SCHIRR REALTY CORP.,             DRO DOCKET NOS.:              
                                                 L-3115689-R, CDR 32522

                                                 TENANT: Kenneth Platnick  
                                PETITIONER     
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                         AND MODIFYING ADMINISTRATOR'S ORDER

          On March 4, 1988 the above named petitioner-prior  owner  filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review  against  an  order  issued  on
          January 29, 1988 by the District Rent Administrator,  10  Columbus
          Circle, New York, New York concerning housing accommodations known 
          as Apartment 2C at 25 West 68th Street, New York, New York wherein 
          the District  Rent  Administrator  determined  the  tenant's  Fair
          Market Rent Adjustment Application and  found  that  he  had  been
          charged excess rent of $19,752.75 as of December  31,  1987.   The
          order named Solil Management as the owner, and Schirreister  [sic]
          Bros., c/o Greystone Management, 30  Vesey  Street  as  the  prior
          owner.  The order directed Schirreister Bros.  to  refund  to  the
          tenant any rent paid in excess of $497.40 per month from  December
          15, 1977 to December 31, 1979 and  in  excess  of  the  subsequent
          lawful stabilization rents.  The order directed the current  owner
          Solil Management to refund any excess rent which it had  collected
          since it acquired title to the property.  The  order  also  stated
          that the current owner was not liable for excess rent collected by 
          the prior owner Fallswell Realty.  An examination of the documents 
          presently in the record does not reveal any mention  of  Fallswell
          Realty other than in the order.

          The Commissioner notes that this proceeding  was  filed  prior  to
          April 1, 1984.  Sections 2526.1(a)(4) and 2521.1(d)  of  the  Rent
          Stabilization  Code  (effective  May  1,  1987)   governing   rent
          overcharge  and  fair  market  rent   proceedings   provide   that
          determination of these matters be  based  upon  the  law  or  code
          provision  in  effect  on  March  31,  1984.   Therefore,   unless
          otherwise  indicated,  reference   to   Sections   of   the   Rent
          Stabilization Code (Code) contained herein  are  to  the  Code  in
          effect on April 30, 1987.

          In this petition, Andrew Schirrmeister, Jr. contends in  substance
          on behalf of New Schirr  Realty  Corp.  that  the  Administrator's
          order should be modified to name New Schirr  Realty  Corp.  rather
          than  Schirrmeister  Brothers   as   the   former   owner,   since
          Schirrmeister Bros. was never an "owner" as defined  in  the  Rent
          Stabilization Code; that it was an  inadvertent  mistake  for  the
          prior  owner  to  indicate  in  a  submission  to  the  DHCR  that
          Schirrmeister Bros. was the owner of the  subject  premises;  that






          Docket No. CC 410019-RO

          New Schirr Realty owned the subject premises when the tenant  took
          occupancy on December 15, 1977; and that it sold it  on  July  31,
          1986 to Solil Management Corp.

          In answer, the  tenant  asserts  in  substance  that  as  late  as
          December 7, 1987 Mr. Schirrmeister's attorney submitted papers  to
          the DHCR stating that Schirrmeister Bros. was  the  owner  of  the
          building; and that the owner has not disputed  the  facts  in  the
          Administrator's order.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this  petition  should  be
          granted, and that the Administrator's order should be modified.

          The only mention of "Schirrmeister Brothers" in the record  is  in
          the tenant's complaint, and in a "Prior Owner's  Answer"  included
          as part of a December 7, 1987 submission  from  the  attorney  for
          Greystone  Management  Corporation  and   Charles   Schirrmeister.
          However, that "Prior Owner's Answer" is  a  photocopy  made  of  a
          November 25, 1987 original answer.  The November 25,  1987  answer
          had originally had  an  incorrect  docket  number  as  well  as  a
          reference to "Schirrmeister  Brothers,  c/o  Greystone  Management
          Corp." having sold the premises on July  31,  1986.   Before  this
          original answer was submitted the docket number was corrected  and
          "Brothers" was changed to "Properties."  Because the copy  of  the
          answer submitted two weeks later by the attorney had the incorrect 
          docket number as well as "Brothers," it  is  clearly  a  photocopy
          made of the November 25, 1987 original before  that  original  was
          corrected  by  Charles  Schirrmeister;  he  did   not   knowingly,
          therefore, even submit any documents referring  to  "Schirrmeister
          Bros."   There  is  therefore  not  sufficient  reason  to  retain
          "Schirrmeister Bros." as an  entity  from  which  the  tenant  may
          collect a refund.

          It is appropriate to include New Schirr Realty Corp.   On  October
          31, 1974 Andrew Schirrmeister, Jr. signed a DC-1  Notice  Form  on
          behalf of New Schirr Realty Corp. at 30 Vesey  Street.   In  1982,
          1984 and  1986  the  DHCR  issued  Maximum  Base  Rent  Orders  of
          Eligibility to Newschirr, or Newschirr Realty Corp., at  30  Vesey
          Street c/o Andrew Schirrmeister, Jr.  The 1984 registration  named
          Newshire  [sic]  Realty  at  30  Vesey  Street,   and   the   1985
          registration named Newschirr Properties c/o Greystone  Management.
          The petitioner is therefore correct that the Administrator's order 
          should name New Schirr  Realty  Corp.,  rather  than  Schirreister
          [sic] Bros., as the prior owner.

          However, the Administrator's order should also be modified to name 
          as prior owners both Greystone Management Corp. and Andrew 






          Docket No. CC 410019-RO

          Schirrmeister, Jr.   Andrew  Schirrmeister,  Jr.  signed  all  the
          tenant's leases for the periods  covered  by  the  Administrator's
          order on behalf of Greystone Management Corp.; both  are  "owners"
          as defined in Section 2520.6(i) of the current Rent  Stabilization
          Code.  The tenant's complaint was sent to Schirreister  Bros.  c/o
          Greystone Management at 30 Vesey  Street;  on  November  13,  1984
          Andrew Schirrmeister submitted  an  answer.   The  Administrator's
          order  was  also  sent  to  Schirreister   Bros.   c/o   Greystone
          Management; Andrew Schirrmeister, Jr. filed the appeal  considered
          herein.  As they were both owners and were both  served  with  the
          tenant's  complaint  and  the  Administrator's  order,   Greystone
          Management Corp. and Andrew Schirrmeister,  Jr.  are  jointly  and
          severally liable with New Schirr Realty Corp. for the excess  rent
          of $16,052.13 collected from the tenant  from  December  15,  1977
          until the subject premises was sold on July 31, 1986.

          Because the apartment registrations  seem  to  indicate  that  the
          rents charged were not reduced after  the  Administrator's  order,
          the current owner is cautioned to adjust the rent, in leases after 
          those considered by the Administrator, to amounts no greater  than
          that determined by  the  Administrator's  order  plus  any  lawful
          increases,  and  to  register  any   adjusted   rents   with   the
          Administrator's  order  being  given  as  the   reason   for   the
          adjustment.  Because of the possibility that the tenant herein may 
          have vacated by the time that this determination is issued, a copy 
          of this determination is being mailed to the tenant-in-occupancy.

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

          ORDERED, that this Petition be, and the same hereby is granted and 
          that the District Rent Administrator's  order  be,  and  the  same
          hereby is, modified in accordance with  this  Order  and  Opinion.
          The lawful stabilization rent in the lease from January 1, 1986 to 
          December 31, 1987 is $670.11 per month.

          ISSUED:




                                                                        
                                          ELLIOT SANDER
                                          Deputy Commissioner


    

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