DOC. NO.: CE 210155-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


          ------------------------------------X
          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE :   ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO. CE 210155-RO
                      MORTON SORKIN d/b/a         DISTRICT RENT
                      KINSOR MANAGEMENT,      :   ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                  PETITIONER  :   DOCKET NO. 042750
          ------------------------------------X   TENANTS: JAMES and ANN
                                                           MARIE HEMRICK


              ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                         IN PART


          On  May  31,  1988,  the  above-named  owner  filed  a  petition  for
          administrative review of an order issued  on  April  26,  1988  by  a
          District Rent  Administrator  concerning  the  housing  accommodation
          known as Apartment 3-J located at 420 Ovington Avenue, Brooklyn,  New
          York, wherein the District Rent  Administrator  determined  that  the
          tenant had been overcharged.

          The Commissioner has reviewed all the evidence in the record and  has
          carefully considered that portion  of  the  record  relevant  to  the
          issues raised by the administrative appeal.

          The proceeding was commenced by  the  filing  of  a  rent  overcharge
          complaint by the tenants on September 1, 1984.

          The tenants took occupancy pursuant to a one-year lease commencing on 
          April 1, 1983 and expiring March  31,  1984  at  a  monthly  rent  of
          $375.00.

          In its answer the owner submitted leases from 1979 through 1988.

          In the order under review herein, the Administrator  found  that  the
          tenants had been overcharged, and determined that the  initial  legal
          rent for the subject tenants was $354.98 for the lease from April  1,
          1983 to March 31, 1984.  The total overcharges was determined  to  be
          $2,051.36 including excess security and accrued interest  from  April
          1, 1984.





          In the petition for review, the owner asserts that the  Administrator
          failed to take into account a Major Capital Improvement (M.C.I.) rent 
          increase issued on October 31, 1985, and a rent increase  to  reflect
          the installation of a vanity allegedly costing $95.80.

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion  that
          this petition should be granted in part.






          DOC. NO.: CE 210155-RO

          The Division of Housing and Community Renewal (D.H.C.R.), approved an 
          M.C.I. rent increase for the subject premises  on  October  31,  1985
          (Docket No. OM-5709, Order No. CDR 5825, affirmed by the Commissioner 
          under Docket No. ART  06745-K).   The  order  provided  for  a  4.41%
          increase effective November 1, 1984.  The Commissioner finds that the 
          M.C.I. rent increase should be calculated in determining  the  lawful
          stabilized rent of the subject apartment.

          As the owner did not raise the  issue  of  the  installation  of  the
          vanity which it raises for the first time upon administrative review, 
          it is outside the scope of the Commissioner's review and will not  be
          considered in this proceeding.  Accordingly, the  Commissioner  finds
          that the cost of  the  vanity  shall  not  be  added  to  the  lawful
          stabilized rent of the subject premises.

          The pertinent  calculations  are  set  forth  on  the  attached  Rent
          Calculation Chart, which is fully a part of this order  and  opinion.
          The owner is cautioned that rents for periods subsequent to March 31, 
          1988 should be based upon the amount of $421.23 for the lease  period
          of April 1, 1986 through March 31, 1988 as indicated  on  the  chart,
          and that any demand for and collection of an amount in excess of  the
          lawful amount may give rise to a new overcharge complaint,  in  which
          treble damages may be awarded if warranted.  A copy of this order and 
          opinion is being mailed to the current tenant of Apt. 3J.

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

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby  is,  granted  in
          part; and that the Administrator's order be, and the same hereby  is,
          modified, as described hereinabove and as appears on the annexed Rent 
          Calculation Chart, which is hereby made fully a part  of  this  order
          and opinion; and it is

          FURTHER ORDERED, that the  owner  shall  refund  to  the  tenant  the
          amount of $1,319.18, representing overcharges, interest,  and  excess
          security, and if the owner has refunded  no  such  amounts  upon  the
          expiration of the period for seeking judicial review  of  this  order
          pursuant to Article 78 of the  Civil  Practice  Law  and  Rules,  the
          tenants may file and enforce a certified copy  of  this  order  as  a
          judgment for the amount of $1,319.18; and it is


          FURTHER  ORDERED,  that  if  the  owner   has   complied   with   the
          Administrator's order regarding the rent for  the  period  commencing
          May 1, 1988, and as a result of the instant determination, there  are
          arrears due to the owner from the tenants, then the tenants, who have 
          vacated, shall pay said arrears immediately.

          ISSUED:

                                                                          
                                             ELLIOT SANDER
                                             Deputy Commissioner







                              ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW BUREAU
                                   COVERING MEMORANDUM




          ARB Docket No.:               CE 210155-RO

          DRO Docket No/Order No.:      042750

          Tenant(s):                    James and Ann Marie Hemrick

          Owner:                        Morton Sorkin d/b/a Kinsor Management

          Code Section:                 

          Premises:                     420 Ovington Avenue, Apt. 3-J,
                                        Brooklyn, N.Y.
                                        

          Order and Opinion Granting Petition for Administrative Review In Part

               Administrator   determined   that   the   tenants   were   being
               overcharged.  Owner's  petition  asserts  that  an  M.C.I.  rent
               increase and an  installation  of  a  vanity  should  have  been
               included in the Rent Calculations.   Commissioner  modifies  the
               Administrator's order to take into account the M.C.I. but denied 
               the installation of the vanity because of insufficient evidence.


          APPROVED:



          Processing Attorney:                                             

          Supervising Attorney:                                           

          Deputy Counsel:                                                  

          Deputy Commissioner:                                             

          Mailed copies of Order and Determination to:
                           Tenant(s)                 
                           Owner                     
                           Tenant's Atty             
                           Owner's Atty              


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