Docket No. EB430300RO


                       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.: EB430300RO

                                        DISTRICT RENT
The Argo Corporation C/O                ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. by              NO.: DE420047BO(7MD08247M)
Blaine Z. Schwadel, Esq.

                         PETITIONER
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  ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


       The   above-named  owner  filed  a  timely  petition   for
administrative review of an order issued concerning  the  housing
accommodations known as 200 West 86th Street, Various Apartments,
New York, 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,  DE420047BO  was
issued  on  January  12, 1990.  In that order, the  Administrator
affirmed the finding of 7MD08247M issued April 21, 1989, that the
owner be denied eligibility for a 1986/87 Maximum Base Rent (MBR)
increase,  due to the owner's failure to timely file an Affidavit
of  service  with the Administrator, said Affidavit attesting  to
the  owner's  timely  service of notice of eligibility  to  raise
MBR's upon the affected tenants residing at the subject premises.

      On  appeal the owner asserts that the Administrator's Order
is  arbitrary,  capricious and contrary to law  inasmuch  as  the
owner  never received copies of the order denying eligibility  or
the  Administrator's request for the Affidavit  of  Service,  the
Administrator   never  granted   the  owner's  request   for   on
inspection  of the file, and the Administrator acted  beyond  the
scope of its authority by imposing upon the owner the requirement
to serve upon the Administrator an Affidavit of service within 60
days  of  the  owner's receipt of the Order of Eligibility,  said
requirement  being  above and beyond the  statutority  prescribed
certification requirements.

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

     An examination of the record below indicates that all papers
mailed to the owner by the Administrator, in this proceeding both
those that the owner received and those the owner claims it never
received  were  mailed  to the identical address.   There  is  no
evidence  in the record that would indicate that any item  mailed
by  the Administrator to the owner did not successfully reach its
intended destination.

      Nowhere  in  the relevant regulations is it stated  that  a
petitioner  review  of  the record is a  necessary  part  of  the
Administrative process.  The Commissioner is of the opinion that,
at any point in the proceeding the owner (or any other party) was
allowed  to  request access to the record by making a request  to
review  the record under a Freedom of Information Law request  to
the D.H.C.R.

      Enabling  legislations exists under which the  D.H.C.R.  is
authorized  to  enact whichever additonal filing requirements  it
believes  will  best facilitate its judgement as to  granting  or
denying  MBR  eligibility.  This legislation has been  upheld  by
various Court decisions.

     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
                                   Acting Deputy Commissioner
    

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