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.: CJ 810078-RO
                                         :  
                                            DRO DOCKET NO.: YAJ-8-10057-R
       MANUEL SANTOS
                           PETITIONER    : 
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           ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

     The above-named owner filed a petition for administrative  review  ("PAR")
     of an order issued on June 20, 1988 by the Rent Administrator,  55  Church
     Street, White Plains, New York, concerning the housing accommodation known 
     as apartment 2S at 25 Cedar Street, Yonkers, New York, in which order  the
     Administrator had determined that the owner had overcharged the tenant.

     After the above-referenced Division (the "DHCR") had rejected that PAR for 
     reasons not here pertinent, on February 11, 1991, the Supreme Court, by N. 
     Colabella, J., ordered the Division to consider the PAR on its merits.

     This proceeding originated on October 23, 1986, when the  tenant  filed  a
     Complaint of Rent Overcharge.

     The Administrator determined, in the order  here  appealed,  that  because
     "the Landlord failed to timely file an Operating and  Maintenance  Expense
     Schedule for the 1985 and 1986  guideline  period,"  the  owner  was  "not
     eligible to collect a guideline rent increase on leases commencing between 
     10/1/85 and 9/30/86," so that the rental of  $143.00  in  the  lease  that
     expired on February 28, 1986, should not have been increased (to  $167.20)
     in the succeeding one.  The rent for the period from  March  1,  1986,  to
     February 28, 1988, was therefore established as $143.00 monthly.

     After careful consideration of the record herein and of other  records  of
     this Division, the Commissioner is of the opinion that this PAR should  be
     granted.

     In 1985 the Westchester County Rent Guideline Board adopted  a  resolution
     stating:



          That any building whose owner shall fail to file  data  with  the
          Board on or before a prescribed date, following the receipt of  a
          written notice to do so, or to  submit  in  writing  reasons  why
          such data cannot be filed, which reasons are  acceptable  by  the
          Board, may be found to be within a class of housing for  which  a
          guideline rate is not required.









          DOCKET NUMBER: CJ 810078-RO
     DHCR records show that the owner was not afforded an opportunity, pursuant 
     to that resolution, to file the  aforementioned  schedule.   The  landlord
     cannot therefore be penalized, by denial of a guidelines rental  increase,
     for not filing same, and that denial will therefore be rescinded.

     THEREFORE, in accordance with the  Emergency  Tenant  Protection  Act  and
     Tenant Protection Regulations, it is

     ORDERED, that this petition be  and  the  same  hereby  is  granted,  thus
     revoking the Rent Administrator's order.  The  rent  for  the  lease  that
     commenced on March 1, 1986 is as per the guidelines order for that period. 
     Any arrears in rent arising as a result of this order and opinion  may  be
     paid to the owner in twelve equal monthly installments.

     ISSUED:
















                                                                   
                                     ELLIOT SANDER
                                     Deputy Commissioner




                                                   
    

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