Adm. Rev. Docket Number: EC 110416-RO
                                 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

        ------------------------------------X  SJR NO. 5483
        IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE :  ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
        APPEAL OF                           :  DOCKET NO.: EC 110416 RO 
                                            :  
             PAMENAR REALTY,                :  DISTRICT RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                            :  DOCKET NO.: BL 110337-OM 
                              PETITIONER    : 
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           ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

        On March 8, 1990 the above-referenced owner  filed  a  petition  for
        administrative review of an order issued on February 13, 1990 by the 
        Rent Administrator, 92-31 Union  Hall  Street,  Jamaica,  New  York,
        concerning the housing accommodation known as  145-26  20th  Avenue,
        Whitestone, New York, in which order the Administrator  had  granted
        the owner's request for a rental increase based on the completion of 
        a major capital improvement.

        The owner later filed a petition, under  Article  78  of  the  Civil
        Practice Law and Rules, in which it requested  the Supreme Court  to
        direct the above-referenced Division (the "DHCR")  expeditiously  to
        issue a determination of the owner's administrative appeal.  On 
        May 7, 1991, an order was signed by Justice H.A. Posner so directing 
        the Division.

        This proceeding originated on December  15,  1987,  when  the  owner
        filed  an  application  requesting   the   above-referenced   rental
        increase.  Listed therein  were  four  3  1/2-room  apartments.   In
        response to a subsequent request from the Administrator,  the  owner
        submitted  copies  of  the  1984  registration  statements  for  the
        building and its apartments; the Registration  Summary  listed  four
        apartments with a total  of  fifteen  rooms,  while  the  individual
        statements for the apartments listed each as containing three rooms.

        In the order here appealed, the  Administrator  divided  the  "Total
        Approved MCI Cost" by 60 months for a total of $33.69,  and  divided
        that figure by the "Total number of Rent Stabilized . . . Rooms:  As 
        per Reg. 15", resulting in a monthly rental increase  of  $2.25  per
        room.  Arrears were then  calculated  by  multiplying  $2.25  by  21
        months.

        The instant petition attacks the latter result on  the  ground  that
        the building in question consists of four three-room apartments  for
        a total of twelve, not fifteen, rooms.

        After careful consideration of the record herein,  the  Commissioner
        is of the opinion that this petition should be granted.







        Adm. Rev. Docket Number: EC 110416-RO

        Although the initial registration for this building stated  that  it
        contained fifteen rooms, the Commissioner will  accept  petitioner's
        assertion that twelve  is  the  correct  number  for  the  following
        reasons, inter alia.  (1) As stated above:  (a) the application  for
        the  subject  increase  stated  that  the  building  contained  four
        apartments of 3 1/2 rooms each (and  it  is  the  DHCR's  policy  to
        disregard "half-rooms");  and  (b)  unlike  the  summary  (building)
        registration, the initial apartment registrations reflect a total of 
        twelve  rooms.   (2)  DHCR  records  reflect  that   other   summary
        registrations for other buildings in the same housing complex as the 
        subject building, have been altered to change the number 15  to  12.
        (3) The file herein contains no response by a tenant,  contradicting
        petitioner's assertion that the building has twelve rooms.

        The Administrator's order must therefore  be  adjusted  as  follows.
        The aforementioned $33.69 must be  divided  by  12  instead  of  15,
        yielding a per-room, per-month  increase  of  $2.81.   The  21-month
        arrears total will be $59.01 per room.

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

        ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is granted,  and
        the order of the Rent Administrator modified in accordance with  the
        foregoing.

        ISSUED:




                                                                      
                                        ELLIOT SANDER
                                        Deputy Commissioner


    

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