Adm. Rev. Docket No.: CD120314RO
                                   STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO. CD120314RO

                   ROOPHARINE SINGH,          :   
                                                  DISTRICT RENT              
                                  PETITIONER  :   DOCKET NO. BC120001OE
                                                  TENANT: TERESA CHAVEZ
                                                  Also Referred to As   
                                                  THERESA CHAVEZ SCHUDDER


          On April  1, 1988, the above-named petitioner-owner filed a 
          petition for administrative review of an order issued on March 4, 
          1988 by the Rent Administrator at Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, New York 
          concerning the housing accommodations known as Apt. #3R at 45-47 
          40th Street, Long Island City, Queens, New York, wherein the 
          Administrator found that the subject rent controlled tenant had 
          resided in the subject building for twenty years or more and, 
          therefore, denied the owner's application for a certificate of 
          eviction based on the owner's proposed use of the subject housing 
          accommodation for his personal housing needs.

          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.

          In the Petition the owner asserts, in substance, that the 
          Administrator had denied the owner's application solely on the 
          basis of the tenant's unsubstantiated allegations.

          The tenant answered the Petition, re-asserting that the tenant has 
          resided in the subject building for twenty years, having taken 
          occupancy under a lease whose term commenced on January 15, 1968.
          The tenant annexed a copy of said lease to the answer.             
          The Commissioner is of the opinion that the Petition should be 

          The Commissioner notes that, in the proceeding below, the tenant 
          had submitted various items of documentary evidence that tended to 
          support the allegation that the tenant had taken occupancy in 1968. 

          Adm. Rev. Docket No.: CD120314RO

          Included among those items were rent receipts, a copy of the 
          initial (1984) apartment registration statement filed by the 
          petitioner-owner (wherein the apartment is described as rent 
          controlled) and a copy of the above-described initial lease. 

          The Commissioner also notes that the owner has submitted nothing to 
          refute the tenant's allegations or evidence.

          The Commissioner therefore finds that the Administrator properly 
          determined this matter on the basis of the weight of the evidence 
          before him. 

          THEREFORE, in accordance with all of the applicable laws and 
          regulations, it is

          ORDERED, that this Petition be, and the same hereby is, denied, and 
          that the order of the Administrator be, and the same hereby is, 


                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner


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