CH220208RO
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                      DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                                  92-31 UNION HALL
                                  JAMAICA, NY 11433





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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE          ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.:
                                                       CH220208RO
                    CROWN ASSOCIATES,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.:
                                                       CA220041OR

                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          The above-named owner filed a timely petition for administrative 
          review of an order issued on July 26, 1988 concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 650 Crown Street, Apartment 4K, Brooklyn, 
          New York, wherein the Rent Administrator determined the owner's 
          application to restore rent previously reduced under Docket No. 
          KC002190S in an order dated January 14, 1987.

          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 petition.

          On January 21, 1988, the owner filed the rent restoration 
          application processed per Docket No. CA220041OR, herein under 
          review, requesting restoration of the remaining rent not restored 
          in the previous rent restoration proceeding per Docket No. 
          AL220035OR.

          The owner stated that all the repairs were completed in November 
          1987.  The owner also argued that rent restoration was warranted 
          predicated on the fact that the tenant, represented by counsel, 
          signed a Stipulation dated November 6, 1987, so ordered by the 
          Court, withdrawing the complaint per Docket No. KC002190S as well 
          as every objection to the owner's then pending rent restoration 
          application per Docket No. AL220035OR.

          An inspection conducted May 11, 1988 by a DHCR inspector confirmed 
          the owner's claim that repairs had been completed.
          On July 26, 1988, the Rent Administrator issued the order herein 
          under appeal granting restoration of the remaining rent effective 












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          August 1, 1988.

          In the petition for administrative review, the owner argues, in 
          substance, that it was entitled to the full restoration (effective 
          December 1, 1987) rather than the partial restoration granted per 
          the November 12, 1987 order per Docket No. AL220035OR, because "the 
          tenant withdrew" the case by then in the so ordered November 6, 
          1987, Court stipulation.

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
          that the petition should be denied.

          The owner's suggestion that the rent reduction "case be cancelled 
          as the tenant withdrew it" is, without merit.  The Rent 
          Administrator's rent reduction order per Docket No. KC002190S was 
          issued ten (10) months prior to the stipulation in Court.  The Rent 
          Administrator's prior order was valid when issued, and could not be 
          revoked by stipulation.

          Any alleged errors in the Rent Administrator's order per Docket No. 
          AL220035OR should have been raised in a timely petition for 
          administrative review of that order.  DHCR records do not show that 
          the owner sought administrative review of the order, which 
          therefore became final.  The owner's attempt to raise the issue of 
          alleged errors therein constitutes an impermissible collateral 
          attack of a final order.

          The owner's objection to the August 1, 1988 effective date 
          established  in the order per Docket No. CA220041OR herein under 
          appeal, for the restoration of the remaining $8.00 rent reduction, 
          must be dismissed.  Section 2202.2 of the Rent & Eviction 
          Regulations specifically provides that "No order increasing or 
          decreasing rent shall be effective prior to the date on which the 
          order is issued...."  The owner's reliance upon Section 2522.2 of 
          the Rent Stabilization Code is misplaced, as it is inappropriate 
          for rent controlled premises.  

          The owner's reliance on the November 6, 1992 Court ordered 
          stipulations is also misplaced.  A subsequent Court stipulation, 
          dated February 1, 1988, indicated that the apartment required 
          (unspecified) repairs.  Additionally, the DHCR does not normally 
          accept agreements set forth in Court stipulations where, as here, 
          the tenant was not represented by Counsel.   







          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and Eviction Regulations for 
          the City of New York, it is






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


                   
          ISSUED:





                                                                     
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner  






    

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