Docket No.: CA 220237-RO
                                    STATE OF NEW YORK 
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: CA 220237-RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
          Antoinette Longo,                       ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: 2AF-22004-OE


              On January 21, 1988, the above named petitioner-landlord filed 
          a Petition for Administrative Review against an order issued on 
          December 29, 1987, by the District Rent Administrator, at Gertz 
          Plaza, Jamaica, New York, concerning housing accommodations known 
          as Apartment (top floor) at 315 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, New York, 
          wherein the District Rent Administrator determined that the subject 
          tenant had occupied his rent control apartment for over twenty (20) 
          years and therefore was exempt from Eviction Regulations.

              The issue in this appeal is whether the twenty years occupancy 
          exemption from eviction is applicable.

              The applicable section of the Rent and Eviction Regulation is 
          Section 2204.5.

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

              The owner (Antoinette Longo) commenced this proceeding by 
          filing an application on May 22, 1986 for eviction of a rent 
          control tenant for owner-occupancy.

              The tenant answered that she has been lliving in the subject 
          apartment for over eighteen years at the time at the application.

              A hearing was held at DHCR Offices located at Gertz Plaza on 
          October 6, 1987, "to determine it the owner seeks in good faith and 
          has an immediate and compelling necessity to obtain a certificate 
          at eviction.

              At said hearing documentary evidence was submitted establishing 

          Docket No.: CA 220237-RO

          that the tenant has been in occupancy since December 7, 1967.

              Accordingly, on December 29, 1987 the District Rent 
          Administrator issued his order denying the owner's application for 
          eviction of the tenant due to the tenant having established proof 
          of twenty years of apartment occupancy.

              Rent control statute which prevents landlord from evicting 
          twenty (20) years in possession tenant to recover possession for 
          personal use or use of immediate family applied when tenant in 
          possession reached 20-year milestone.  Accordingly rent 
          administrator  was correct in denying landlord's application for 
          certificate of eviction. Mc Murray Vs DHCR, 1988, 72 NYC 2d 1022)

              The Commissioner is at the opinion that the owner's petition 
          should be denied.

              THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Control Law and Eviction 
          Regulations, it is

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


                                             Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                             Acting Deputy Commissioner  


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