CF 110151 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. CF 110151 RO

                                          :  DISTRICT RENT OFFICE
           Dino Ralis/Polyvotis Mgt.,        DOCKET NO. AK 110556 R
                                            
                                             TENANT: Louise Dumicich          
                
                            PETITIONER    : 
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           ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


      On June 6, 1988, the above-named owner filed a Petition for 
      Administrative Review against an order issued on May 19, 1988, by a Rent 
      Administrator, concerning the housing accommodations known as 22-75 35th 
      Street, Astoria, New York, Apartment No. C6, wherein the Administrator 
      determined that the tenant had been overcharged.

      This proceeding originated with the tenant's rental-overcharge complaint 
      of November, 1986.  In the ensuing order mentioned above, the 
      Administrator found in pertinent part: that the rent charged under the 
      lease effective February 1, 1986 was $255.63; that the rent charged 
      under the succeeding lease was $258.37; and that the lawful rent under 
      the latter lease was $250.30.

      In attacking that order the petitioner avers to "an error in the 
      mathematical calculation" in the chart appended to the Administrator's 
      order, to wit: the "lawful stabilization rent" column of the chart for 
      the aforementioned 1986 lease should have contained the figure $232.93 
      instead of $225.63; without that asserted error, the monthly overcharge 
      in the next lease would be largely eliminated.

      After carefully considering the pertinent portion of the record, the 
      Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should be denied.

      Petitioner does not dispute the Administrator's figures as to rent 
      actually charged; he says rather that the lawful rent for the 
      penultimate (1986) lease was understated by the Administrator (leading 
      to the aforementioned understatement of the last lawful rent and the 
      consequent finding of overcharge).  The problem with his position is 
      that pursuant to judicial decision, the lawful stabilized rental cannot 
      be more than the actual rent for the same period.  Thus the 
      Administrator was correct in limiting the 1986 lawful rent to $225.63, 
      and consequently correct in calculating the subsequent overcharge.  No 
      error has been shown.


      Because this determination concerns lawful rents only through           
      January 31, 1990, the owner is cautioned to adjust subsequent rents to 







          CF 110151 RO

      an amount no greater than that determined by the Rent Administrator's 
      order plus any lawful increases, and to register any adjusted rents with 
      this order and opinion being given as the explanation for the 
      adjustment.  The lawful rent as of January 31, 1990, was $250.30.  

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

      ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, denied, and, 
      that the Rent Administrator's order finding a total overcharge of $40.72 
      be, and the same hereby is, affirmed.


      ISSUED:



                                                                    
                                      JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                      Acting Deputy Commissioner

    

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