Docket No. EA230301RO
                                    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.: EA230301RO 
            

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
          Sanford Sirulnick,                      ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: DD220006BO(BL226986BR)
           
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


          The above-named tenant filed a timely petition for administrative 
          review of an order issued concerning the housing accommodations 
          known as 5501 15th Avenue, Various Apartments, Brooklyn, New York.

          The Commissioner has reviewed all the evidence in the record and 
          has carefully considered that portion of the record relevant to the 
          issues raised by the petition.

          The issue before the Commissioner is whether the Administrator's 
          order was correct.

          The Administrator's order being appealed, DD220006BO was issued on 
          January 12, 1990.  In that order, the Administrator affirmed the 
          finding of BL226986BR issued March 17, 1989, that the owner be 
          granted eligibility for the 1988/89 Maximum Base Rent (MBR) 
          increase, and that the affective date of that  eligibility be 
          changed to October 1, 1988 due to the owner's failure to file 
          Violation Certification (VC) for the subject premises by the 
          extended filing deadline of March 1, 1988.

          On appeal, the owner argues that the Administrator was in error in 
          placing the effective date on October 1, 1988 and that the  
          effective date should be restored to January 1, 1988.

          The owner contends that he submitted the VC for the subject 
          premises on March 25, 1988, and that  he had received the List of 
          Pending Violations (LPV) for the subject premises on February 8, 
          1988.  Having thus stated that the VC was filed within 60 days of 
          his receipt of the LPV as required by statute, the owner concludes 
          that the effective date of his eligibility for a 1988/88 MBR 












          Docket No. EA230301RO

          increase should be January 1, 1988.

          The owner submits as evidence of this contention a letter dated 
          December 1, 1987, over the Commissioner's signature.  The owner 
          argues on appeal that this letter gives that owner permission to 
          disregard the normal December 31, 1987 filing deadline for 
          submitting Violation Certifications to the Administrator in order 
          to obtain eligibility to impose a 1988/89 MBR increase upon the 
          affected tenants.  The owner contends that he did not receive his 
          LPV for the subject building until February 1988.

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

          The dates of the owners receipt of the LPV and of his filing of the 
          VC are not at issue in this proceeding.  The Commissioner also 
          concedes the owner's timely filing of the Operation and Maintenance 
          (o & M) certification for the subject premises.

          An examination of the record reveals that the December 1, 1987 
          letter that the owner relies on appeal is entitled "Important 
          Notice to Owners" (Notice).  An examination of this Notice reveals 
          that the Notice does not explicitly waive the December 31, 1987 
          filing deadline for VC's.  The cover letter of the Notice contains 
          the phrase ".. the deadline for filing the form is February 16, 
          1988..."  Language immediately before and after the above-quoted 
          phrase refers to the O & M certification.  The timeliness of the 
          owner's filing of the O & M certification is not at issue in this 
          case.  The Commissioner further notes that the Administrator 
          explicitly stated in DD120020BO and in DD220006 that the new filing 
          deadline was March 1, 1988.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent and 
          Eviction Regulations, it is

          ORDERED, that this petition for administrative review be, and the 
          same hereby is, denied, and that the order of the Rent 
          Administrator be and the same hereby is, affirmed.

          ISSUED:



                                                                            
                                             Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                             Deputy Commissioner
    

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