STATE OF NEW YORK 
                                OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: EC420496RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
               PIK RECORD, INC., C/O HORING &     NO.: DJ420053BO (7M06443M)
               WELIKSON by KAREN SCHWARTZ-
               SIDRANE             PETITIONER


               The above-named owner filed a timely petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 1 University Place, various tenants, New 
          York, N.Y.

               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, DJ420053BO was 
          issued on February 9, 1990.  In that order, the Administrator 
          affirmed the finding of 7M06443M issued October 3, 1989, that the 
          owner be denied eligibility for a 1986/87 Maximum Base Rent (MBR) 
          increase, due to the owner's failure to timely pay the MBR 
          Administrative fee to the Administrator.  Such payment was 
          requested by the Administrator in a letter to the owner dated May 
          9, 1989.

               On appeal the owner contends that it never received the above- 
          mentioned notice.  The owner contends that the first time it 
          learned about its liability for the above-mentioned fee was when it 
          received the October 3, 1989 order.  In its Challenge to that order 
          below the owner included a check for $2,040 ($20 per apartment MBR 
          Registration Fee X 102 rent-controlled apartments at the subject 
          premises) as a "good faith attempt to comply with" the order. The 
          owner further contends that the Administrator acted beyond the 
          scope of its authority in finding that, due to the nonpayment of 
          the fee, the owner should be denied eligibility to raise MBRs.  

          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: EC420496RO

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

               An examination of the record reveals no evidence of any kind 
          that the Administrator failed to mail the May 9, 1989 letter to the 
          owner in a timely and otherwise correct fashion.

               An Administrator's order is a finding of law or fact.  It is 
          not a "second chance" for the affected petitioner to perform some 
          action that the Administrator had previously requested.  (The check 
          referred to above has been returned to the owner).

               Both statute and Court decision have found that the D.H.C.R. 
          is empowered to enforce rent regulations promulgated by the State 
          and City of New York.  Various court decisions have further found 
          that the D.H.C.R. is empowered to interpret these regulations in a 
          manner so as to allow it to more effectively enforce rent 

               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       

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