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

          ------------------------------------X   ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF

                   Patrick Dempsey,
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                               PETITIONER         DOCKET NO: BH230253OM
          ------------------------------------X              (EF230019RK)


          On October 23, 1989, the above named petitioner-owner timely filed 
          a petition for administrative review (PAR) against an order issued 
          on September 20, 1989, by a Rent Administrator concerning the 
          housing accommodations known as 387 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New 
          York, wherein the Rent Administrator determined that the owner was 
          not entitled to a rent increase based on the installation of a 
          major capital improvement (MCI).

          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 this administrative appeal.

          The owner commenced this proceeding on August 6, 1987, by filing an 
          application for a rent increase based on the installation of new 
          windows at a total cost of $39,855.00.

          On September 20, 1989, the Rent Administrator denied the owner's 
          application in its entirety upon the owner's failure to submit 
          requested information in a timely manner.

          The owner simultaneously filed the petition herein and a request 
          for reconsideration. The Rent Administrator granted the owner's 
          request for reconsideration based on the fact that the second 
          notice dated August 8, 1989, requesting said information was 
          received approximately one (1) month after its issuance date 
          (September 7, 1989). Subsequently, the Rent Administrator issued 
          the reconsideration order under Docket No. EF230019RK on November 
          9, 1990, which reinstated the denial order here under review based 
          upon the contention that upon receipt of the final notice, the 
          owner did not inform the DHCR of non-receipt of the first notice 
          nor did he request an extension of time to submit the requested 
          information. (The owner did, in fact, mention non-receipt of the 
          first notice).
          Adm. Rev. Docket No. DK210306RO

          The Commissioner notes that receipt of the first notice is 
          irrelevant in the instant case as the owner provided a copy of the 
          letter postmarked August 31, 1989, containing the second notice in 
          order to show that due process had not been afforded. The order 
          here under review was issued thirteen (13) days after the owner's 
          receipt of the second notice which allowed twenty (20) days for any 

          It is further noted that the Rent Administrator began to reprocess
          the application during the reconsideration procedure including 
          requesting additional information without mentioning that there was 
          a "flaw" in the owner's appeal which disqualified him for 

          After a careful consideration of the entire evidence of record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that this proceeding should be 
          remanded to the Rent Administrator for processing of the 
          application based on the evidence submitted by the owner in the 
          proceeding below as well as on appeal. Copies of certain checks 
          were submitted during the proceeding herein when said documents 
          should have gone directly to the Rent Administrator during the proceeding 

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, 
          and the New York City, Rent and Eviction Regulations, it is

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, granted to 
          the extent of remanding this proceeding to the Rent Administrator 
          for further processing in accordance with this order and opinion. 
          The Administrator's order herein remains in effect until a new 
          order is issued upon remand.


                                                    JOSEPH A. D' AGOSTA
                                                    Deputy Commissioner



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