CC 410199-RT
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO. CC 410199-RT

                                              :  DISTRICT RENT OFFICE
               Roy Fisher,                       DOCKET NO. AL 410066-R
                                   PETITIONER : 


          On March 31,  1988,  the  above-named  petitioner-owner  filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review against  an  order  issued  on
          February 24, 1988, concerning the housing accommodations known as 
          41 West 72nd Street, New York, New York, Apartment No. 3D.

          The herein appealed Order of the Rent Administrator dismissed the 
          tenant's Fair Market Rent Appeal which  was  filed  November  14,
          1986 due to the tenant's failure to challenge the  initial  legal
          regulated rent within ninety (90) days from  receipt  of  a  DC-2
          notice on February 7, 1984 and due to  the  tenant's  failure  to
          challenge the April 1, 1984 registered rent within ninety days of 
          being served with a copy of the apartment  registration  form  by
          the owner in 1984.

          The petitioner contends in substance that, among other things, he 
          cannot recall having actually received a copy of  a  DC-2  notice
          from the owner upon signing such document on February 7, 1984  in
          the landlord's office  or  anytime  thereafter.   The  petitioner
          further contends that, notwithstanding the above, inasmuch as the 
          owner failed to fully comply with the Rent Stabilization  Law  to
          the extent that a DC-2 notice was served in  person  rather  than
          via certified mail return receipt, that  such  notice  should  be
          deemed invalid.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition  should  be

          Section  2522.3  of  the  Rent  Stabilization  Code  provides  in
          pertinent part that a tenant shall have 90 days after the owner's 
          mailing of an apartment registration form in which to file a fair 
          market rent appeal.

          In the instant case the evidence of  record  discloses  that  the
          owner duly registered the subject apartment with the DHCR in 1984 
          and that the tenant stated in his  initial  overcharge  complaint
          that he was served with a copy of the 1984 apartment registration 
          form.  The record further reveals that the tenant  did  not  file
          his complaint questioning the fair  market  rent  until  November

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          1986, well after the ninety day period had expired.   Accordingly
          the Rent  Administrator  properly   dimissed  the  tenant's  fair
          market rent appeal.

          The  owner's  earlier  noncompliance  concerning  the  manner  of
          service of the DC-2 Notice in February 1984 (absence of proof  of
          service by certified mail) does not serve as a basis for excusing 
          the tenant from the requirement to file a fair market rent appeal 
          within ninety days of the mailing of the  apartment  registration

          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.


                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Acting Deputy Commissioner


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