Docket No. EA230390RO
                                    STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: EA230390RO 

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
          M. Lob, Agent                           ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: DJ220044BO(7M06965K)


              The above-named owner filed a timely petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 1031 Lorimer Street, 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, DJ220044BO was on 
          December 22, 1989.  In that order, the Administrator affirmed the 
          finding of 7M06965K issued September 29, 1989, that the owner be 
          denied eligibility for a 1986/87 Maximum Base Rent (MBR) increase, 
          due to the owner's failure to meet the violation certification 
          requirements necessary to the owner's being granted an MBR 
          increase, specifically, the owner's failure to timely submit 
          payment of the MBR Fee, as requested by the Administrator.

              On appeal, the owner states that the payment was submitted to 
          the Administrator on a timely basis, but was apparently lost.  The 
          owner encloses with its petition a check, #6910 for $100 (the 
          amount of the MBR Fee) made payable to "MBR Unit", said check dated 
          October 9, 1989.  The owner states that this check is a replacement 
          for the "lost" check, and states that it was originally submitted 
          to the Administrator as part of a challenge to the Administrator's 
          order denying eligibility, issued on September 29, 1989.

              The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should be 

          Docket No. EA230390RO


              An examination of the record below reveals that at challenge 
          the owner first submitted check #6910, and also first put forth the 
          "lost check" argument subsequently made on appeal.  (A photocopy of 
          check #6910 was attached to the challenge.)  The Administrator 
          apparently returned the check to the owner, who now submits it to 
          the Commissioner on appeal, in on apparent attempt to pay the 
          liability and thus cure the defect that led to the Administrator's 
          denial of eligibility, and to affirmation of that denial upon the 

              The Commissioner has returned check #6910 to the owner at its 
          last known address, and has affixed a photocopy of the check to the 
          owner's petition.

              A petition for administrative review is the procedure by which 
          a petitioner alleges error of law or fact in the Administrator's 
          order below.  It is not a "second chance" for the petitioner to 
          cure the defect that led to the Administrator's order under appeal.

              In the instant proceeding the owner has not alleged error by 
          the Administrator.  Neither in the challenge proceeding below nor 
          before the Commissioner has the owner sought to deny the veracity 
          of the Administrator's finding-namely that the Administrator 
          notified the owner that the MBR Fee was due and that the owner had 
          failed to respond to the Administrator's notice.  Instead, 
          accompanying an unsubstantiated allegation  that a check for the 
          MBR Fee had been sent to the Administrator but had apparently been 
          "lost", the owner sent "replacement" check #6910 to the 
          Administrator with its challenge.  The Administrator mailed the 
          check back to the owner, who has now resubmitted the check to the 
          Commissioner on appeal.

              The Commissioner is of the opinion that the owner's 
          undocumented and self-serving declaration on appeal is not 
          sufficient to overcome the Administrator's finding that the owner 
          failed to timely submit the MBR Fee.

              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.


                                             Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                             Deputy Commissioner

          Docket No. EA230390RO


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