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. CB110338RO
                                                  (REFILING OF CA110136RO)

               FRESH MEADOWS ASSOCIATES,          DRO DOCKET NO. Q3120719RT

                                   PETITIONER     TENANT:  STEVEN LAVERLY
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          On February 25, 1988 the above-named petitioner-owner perfected the 
          filing of a Petition for Administrative Review against  an  order
          issued on December 31, 1987 by the Rent Administrator, 10 Columbus 
          Circle, New York, New York concerning the housing  accommodations
          known as 64-02A 192nd Street, Fresh Meadows, New York,  Apartment
          No. 2C wherein the Rent Administration 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 by the filing in  March,
          1984 of a fair market rent appeal and a rent overcharge complaint 
          by the tenant.  It appears that the owner received only the  fair
          market rent appeal.

          In answer to the tenant's fair market rent appeal the owner stated 
          in substance that the tenant did not have the right to file a fair 
          market rent appeal sin e  the  apartment  had  never  been  rent-
          controlled.  The owner also requested to be informed if a  rental
          history was required even though the  tenant  had  not  filed  an
          overcharge complaint.















          CB110338RO




          In Order Number CDR 32244 the Rent Administrator, not having made 
          any subsequent request for a rental history, determined that, due 
          to the owner's failure to submit a complete rental  history,  the
          tenant had been overcharged in the amount of $3,332.65 as of April 
          30, 1983, and directed the owner to refund such overcharge to the 
          tenant as well as to reduce the rent.

          In this petition the owner alleges in substance that it  was  not
          given the requested opportunity to submit rent records, and  that
          there had been no overcharge.  With its petition  the  owner  has
          submitted a rental history from 1973.

          A copy of the petition sent to the tenant  was  returned  by  the
          Postal Service.  (The  owner  stated  that  the  tenant  left  no
          forwarding address upon vacating in 1985.)

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

          Given the particular  circumstances  of  the  present  case,  the
          Commissioner finds it appropriate to consider the rental  history
          submitted by the owner.  It shows that, beginning with an April 1, 
          1980 base date (applicable in this Second Department case pursuant 
          to the Appellate  Division,  Second  Department  case  in  J.R.D.
          Management), there has been no overcharge as of April 30, 1983.

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

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, granted and 
          the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, revoked. 
          The lawful stabilization rent is $596.50 per month in  the  lease
          from April 19, 1982 to April 30, 1983.



          ISSUED:




           
                                                     JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA  
                                                     DEPUTY COMMISSIONER


    

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