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. DB110027RO

           Jonathan Woodner Co.,
                                              DISTRICT RENT OFFICE
                                              DOCKET NO.19965
                                              
                               PETITIONER     PREMISES: 43-32 Kissena 
      ------------------------------------X   Blvd. Apt. 1L
                                              Flushing, New York


                     ORDER AND OPINION TERMINATING PROCEEDING

      The above-named petitioner filed a Petition for Administrative Review of  
      an order issued by the Tenant objection Unit concerning the tenant's 
      objection to the room court registered by the owner on the initial 
      apartment registration statement.

      The Rent Stabilization Law and Code do not contain any provisions 
      pursuant to which a successful challenge to the size/room count of a 
      housing accommodation would constitute, by itself, a basis for a finding 
      of overcharge or other rental violation.

      Under the Rent Stabilization Code, the rent charged for a housing 
      accommodation may be affected by the size/number of rooms of such 
      accommodation only when there are Major Capital Improvement (MCI) rent 
      increases issued by DHCR computed on a per room basis.

      Accordingly, any challenge to the room count of a housing accommodation 
      will only be addressed during such proceedings where it would directly 
      affect the computation of the rent increase.

      Accordingly, the Commissioner is of the opinion that it is unnecessary 
      to decide the issue raised in this appeal.

      This proceeding, therefore, is terminated without prejudice to the 
      tenant raising the issue as part of a pending or future MCI proceeding 
      in which the tenant wishes to challenge the number of rooms assigned to 
      the apartment for purpose of allocating the MCI.

















      DB110027RO



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

      ORDERED, that this proceeding be, and the same hereby is, terminated.




      ISSUED:


                                                                              
                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA      
                                                DEPUTY COMMISSIONER
    

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