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

      APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO. CG510033RO

           526-211 Associates,            :  DISTRICT RENT OFFICE
                                             DOCKET NO. ZBA510160R
                                             TENANT: Arlene Ramirez           
                            PETITIONER    : 


      On July 21, 1988, the above-named petitioner-owner filed a Petition for 
      Administrative Review against an order issued on June 29, 1988, by the 
      Rent Administrator, 92-31 Union Hall Street, Jamaica, New York, 
      concerning the housing accommodations known as 526 West 211th Street, 
      New York, New York, Apartment No. 3D, wherein the Administrator 
      determined that the owner had collected an overcharge.

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

      This proceeding was commenced on January 15, 1987 when the tenant filed 
      a complaint of rent overcharge.  

      In response to the complaint, the owner submitted a complete rental 
      history, including leases and apartment registrations.

      In the order here under review, the Administrator determined that the 
      owner had collected an overcharge of $533.57 inclusive of excess 
      security and interest on the overcharge.

      In its appeal, the owner contends that the order is incorrect in that 
      the tenant failed to object to the rent registration within 90 days of 
      the date of mailing of the rent registration forms.

      The tenant contends that her complaint was filed within 90 days of 
      learning of the overcharge and is therefore timely.

      The Commissioner notes that the 90 day limitation imposed by Section 
      2522.3 of the Rent Stabilization Code is applicable only to the initial 
      registration.  The tenant is not bound by the 90 day limitation for 
      years subsequent to the initial registration.  In this case, the 
      overcharge occurred in years subsequent to the initial registration in 

      The Commissioner has determined in this Order and Opinion that the owner 
      collected an overcharge of $533.57.  


      Upon the expiration of the period for seeking review of this Order and 
      Opinion pursuant to Article Seventy-eight of the Civil Practice Law and 
      Rules, not in excess of twenty percent per month of the overcharge may 
      be offset against any rent hereafter due the owner.  Where the tenant 
      credits the overcharge the tenant 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 be, and the same hereby is denied and the 
      Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, affirmed.


                                      JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                      Deputy Commissioner

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