EA 210229-RT
                                

                        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.:
                                        EA 210229-RT
         SEMYON BUYANOVSKY,             DISTRICT RENT
                                        ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
NO.:
                        PETITIONER      AI 210222-R
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  ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
             AND MODIFYING THE ADMINISTRATOR'S ORDER
                                
                                
On  January  3,  1990, the above-named petitioner-owner  filed  a
Petition  for  Administrative Review against an order  issued  on
December  20,  1989  by a Rent Administrator  concerning  housing
accommodations  known  as Apartment B-4  at  320  Ocean  Parkway,
Brooklyn,  New  York,  wherein  the District  Rent  Administrator
determined  that  the owner had overcharged  the  tenant  in  the
amount of $859.88, including treble damages and excess security.

The   issue   in  this  appeal  is  whether  the  District   Rent
Administrator's order was warranted.

The applicable sections of the Law are Section 26-516 of the Rent
Stabilization Law and Sections 2526.1(a) and 2523.5 of  the  cur-
rent Rent Stabilization Code.

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  filing  on
September  5, 1986 of a rent overcharge complaint by the  tenant,
in  which  he stated that he had commenced occupancy on  December
25, 1977 at a rent of $195.00 per month.



The owner filed an initial registration statement for the subject
premises  effective April 1, 1984.  The registration  stated  the
legal rent as $242.00.

The  owner  was  served with the complaint and  was  directed  to
submit  documentation  to  establish the  validity  of  all  rent
increases  since  the base date.  The owner  complied  with  this
request.

On  December  20,  1989, the Rent Administrator issued  an  order
under  Docket  No.  AI 210222-R, wherein it was  found  that  the
tenant  had been overcharged in the amount of $859.88,  including
treble damages and excess security.  An overcharge of $23.24  per
month was determined for the tenant's two-year vacancy lease from
January 1, 1988 through December 31, 1989.

In  the  petition,  the tenant states that the Administrator  has
miscalculated  the overcharge total by counting  only  12  months
overcharge in the tenant's two-year lease, instead of 24 months.

The owner's answer did not address this issue.

The  Commissioner is of the considered opinion that the  tenant's
petition  be  granted  and  that  the  Administrator's  order  be
modified.

The tenant correctly identifies a calculations error in the order
that reduced the amount of overcharges.  At $23.24 per month, the
total  overcharge  for  the  tenant's  two-year  lease  terms  is
$557.76, instead of $278.88.  With the addition of treble damages
and  excess  security,  the  correct  amount  of  overcharges  is
$1,696.52,   instead   of  $859.88.   The   order   is   modified
accordingly.

This  order may, upon the expiration of the period in  which  the
owner  may institute a proceeding pursuant to Article 78  of  the
Civil Practice Law and Rules, be filed and enforced by the tenant
in  the  same  manner as a judgment or not in  excess  of  twenty
percent  thereof  per  month  may  be  offset  against  any  rent
thereafter due the owner.


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


ORDERED,  that the tenant's petition be, and the same hereby  is,
granted,  and  that the Administrator's order be,  and  the  same
hereby is, modified in accordance with this order and opinion.


ISSUED:

                                         JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                         Deputy Commissioner

    

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