DOCKET NO.:  DC 910452-RO
                                 STATE OF NEW YORK
                           OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                    GERTZ PLAZA
                              92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                             JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

     APPEAL OF                                 DOCKET NO. DC 910452-RO
                                           :   DRO DOCKET NO. 35060
            CORONET PROPERTIES CO.                  


     On or about March 31, 1989 the above-named  owner  filed  a  petition  for
     administrative review of an  order  issued  on  February  23,  1989  by  a
     District Rent Administrator concerning the housing accommodation known  as
     Apartment 32  at  455  North  Broadway,  Yonkers,  New  York  wherein  the
     Administrator determined that the tenant had been overcharged.

     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 the administrative appeal.

     This proceeding was commenced by the filing of a rent overcharge complaint 
     by the tenant, on August 24, 1984.

     The tenant took occupancy pursuant  to  a  one-year  lease  commencing  on
     December 15, 1982 and expiring on December 31, 1983 at a monthly  rent  of
     $400 for first six months and $412 a month for second six months.

     In its answer the owner stated that it did not  have  the  lease  for  the
     subject premises, but did  not  send  to  the  administrator  all  of  the
     Steinhardt's leases from 1982 thru 1987 vacancy.

     In the order under review herein, the Administrator found that  the  owner
     had failed to submit a complete rental history, determined that the  legal
     regulated rent  would  be  established  by  using  the  Tenant  Protection
     Regulations rent roll procedure; established the legal regulated rent  for
     the tenant's vacancy lease at $350.00 per month, in  accordance  with  the
     default procedure,  and  computed  total  overcharges  in  the  amount  of

     In his petition for review the owner asserts that he  never  received  the
     previous leases from the prior owner,  but  that  the  Steinhardt's  first
     1982 lease alleging that the prior (unnamed) tenant allegedly paid $381.00 
     a month.  The  petitioner  therefore  argue  that  the  overcharge  wasn't
     wilful as he relied on the rent history as received from prior owner.

     The owner also  challenges  the  room  count  of  3  rooms  found  by  the

     DOCKET NO.:  DC 730162-RO
     Administrator.  The owner claims there are 4 rooms as per his  floor  plan
     and applicable statutes.

     The tenant who had vacated on December  31,  1987,  with  current  address
     unknown, did not submit an answer to the petition.

     The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should be denied.

     The record indicates that although demand  was  made  upon  the  owner  to
     submit the subject apartment base date lease, the owner failed  to  submit
     such evidence.  The fact that this owner had acquired this building  after
     the base date did not excuse it from complying with the  demand;  in  this
     respect a new owner steps into the shoes  of  a  former  owner  and  fully
     undertakes the obligation to produce all  leases  and  other  evidence  of
     stabilized apartment's rental history on demand of the rent agency, as set 
     forth ETPA.  Accordingly, it is found that the failure  of  the  owner  to
     submit the demanded evidence warranted a finding of default.

     Since the owner failed to supply the administrator  with  complete  rental
     records from 1980 the Commissioner finds that the administrator  correctly
     calculated the lawful stabilized rent of  the  complaining  tenant  to  be
     $350.00 upon his commencement of occupancy.

     As for the owner's assertion that the Rent Administrator should accept the 
     statement of prior rental amount per clause 35 at  $381.00.   No  name  of
     alleged prior tenant is supplied.  

     Said clause is considered self serving of the prior owner  and  is  not  a
     sufficient substitute for the actual prior  lease  which  is  required  by
     statute as proof of prior rent.

     THEREFORE, in accordance with Emergency  Tenant  Protection  Act  and  the
     Tenant Protection Regulations, it is

     ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is,  denied  and  that
     the District Rent Administrator's  order  be,  and  the  same  hereby  is,
     affirmed; and it is

     FURTHER ORDERED, that the owner, Coronet Properties Co. shall  immediately
     refund  to  the  tenant  all  amounts  not   yet   refunded   representing
     overcharges, penalties, and excess security deposit; and it is

     FURTHER ORDERED, that if  the  owner,  Coronet  Properties  Co.  have  not
     refunded any such amounts upon the expiration of the  period  for  seeking
     judicial review of  this  order  pursuant  to  Article  78  of  the  Civil
     Practice Law and Rules, the tenant, Meyer Steinhardt may file and  enforce
     a certified copy of this order as a judgment for the  amount  of  9,713.44
     against Coronet Properties Co.


                                                     JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                 Acting Deputy Commissioner 

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