CK610162RO

                                  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. CK610162RO
                                              :  DRO DOCKET NO.B3100551RT
               HAMPTON MANAGEMENT CO.            TENANT: DAVID LOBENBERG

                                PETITIONER    : 
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


               On November 9, 1988, the above-named petitioner-owner filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order issued on 
          October 24, 1988, by the Rent Administrator, 92-31 Union Hall 
          Street, Jamaica, New York, concerning the housing accommodations 
          known as 3671 Hudson Manor Terrace, Bronx, New York, Apartment No. 
          2A, wherein the Rent Administrator determined that the owner had 
          overcharged the tenant.

               The Administrative Appeal is being determined pursuant to the 
          provisions of Section 2526.1 of the Rent Stabilization Code.

               The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator's order was 
          warranted.

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

               This proceeding was originally commenced in March, 1984 by the 
          filing of a rent overcharge complaint by the tenant who stated that 
          he first moved to the subject apartment on January 1, 1983 at a 
          rental of $592.34 per month.

               The owner was served with a copy of the tenant's complaint and 
          submitted a complete rental history for the subject apartment.

               In Order Number CDR 34,151, the Rent Administrator determined 
          that the tenant had been overcharged in the amount of $206.45 and 
          directed the owner to refund such overcharge to the tenant.

               In this petition, the owner contends in substance that no rent 
          overcharge occurred in that the Rent Administrator incorrectly 
          listed the April 1, 1982 rent of the prior tenant as $501.00 rather 
          than the correct amount of $569.56 and that when this is corrected, 
          it is apparent that no rent overcharge occurred.

               The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should be 
          granted.










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               An examination of the records in this case discloses that the 
          owner is correct in its contention that the April 1, 1982 rent 
          should have been listed as $569.56 rather than as $501.00.  When 
          this is corrected, it is apparent that no rent overcharge occurred 
          as the tenant herein moved to the subject apartment on January 1, 
          1983 at a rental of $592.34 - 4% over $569.56 for a one year vacancy 
          lease pursuant to Guideline 14 then in effect.  No other overcharge 
          occurred after said vacancy lease.  Accordingly the Rent 
          Administrator's order finding a rent overcharge must be revoked.

               If the owner has already complied with the Rent Administrator's 
          order and there are arrears due to the owner as a result of the 
          instant determination, the tenant is permitted to pay off the 
          arrears in 6 equal monthly installments.  Should the tenant vacate 
          after the issuance of this order or have already vacated, said 
          arrears shall be payable immediately.

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

               ORDERED, that this petition for administrative review be, and 
          the same hereby is, granted, that the order of the Rent 
          Administrator be, and the same hereby is, revoked and it is found 
          that no rent overcharge occurred.

          ISSUED



                                                                        
                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Deputy Commissioner




                     




















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