STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO.CF210112RO
                                              :  DRO DOCKET NO.TC063238G

                                PETITIONER    : 

               On June 2, 1988, the above-named petitioner-owner filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order issued on May 2, 
          1988, by the Rent Administrator, 92-31 Union Hall Street, Jamaica, 
          New York, concerning the housing accommodations known as 60 Turner 
          Place, Brooklyn, New York, Apartment No. 3V, wherein the Rent 
          Administrator determined that the owner owed the tenant a $392.00 
          broker's fee it had collected.

               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 

               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 tenant's 
          filling of a rent overcharge complaint in June, 1982.  The tenant 
          stated in substance that he first moved to the subject apartment on 
          March 1, 1981 at a rental of $393.00 per month and that the owner 
          was refusing to refund a $393.00 renting fee it had charged.  In 
          support of his contention, the tenant submitted a copy of a 
          determination from the New York State Division of Licensing Services 
          wherein it was found inter alia that the tenant's roommate had paid 
          an illegal renting fee of $393.00.

               In Order Number CDR 33,248, the Rent Administrator determined 
          that the owner owed the tenant $393.00 as a result of the illegal 
          renting fee.

               In this petition, the owner alleges in substance that the 
          tenant deducted the amount of $393.00 when paying his August, 1982 
          rent.  In support of such contention, the owner submitted a copy of 
          the tenant's rent check for $393.00 dated July 6, 1982 for $393.00 
          and an unsigned statement allegedly from the tenant to the effect 
          that since the $393.00 illegal renting fee was not refunded, this 
          amount would cover the July and August rent for the subject 



               In response to the owner's petition, the tenant stated in 
          substance that he in fact never deducted the illegal renting fee 
          from the August 1982 rent.

               The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should be 

               An examination of the evidence of record discloses that the 
          owner has submitted insufficient proof to establish its contention 
          that the illegal renting fee of $393.00 was ever refunded to the 
          tenant or deducted from the tenant's rent.  Accordingly, the Rent 
          Administrator's order was warranted.  Further the record shows that 
          the tenant has now moved from the subject apartment.

               The Commissioner has determined in this Order and Opinion that 
          the owner collected overcharges of $393.00.  This Order may, upon 
          expiration of the period for seeking review of this Order and 
          Opinion pursuant to Article Seventy-eight of the Civil Practice Law 
          and Rules, be filed and enforced as a judgment.   Where the tenant 
          files this Order as a judgment, the County Clerk may add to the 
          overcharge, interest at the rate payable on a judgment pursuant to 
          section 5004 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules from the issuance 
          date of the Rent Administrator's Order to the issuance date of the 
          Commissioner's Order.

               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, denied, and, that the order of the Rent 
          Administrator be, and the same hereby is,  affirmed.


                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Deputy Commissioner




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