ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: EC520458RO
                                 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.: EC520458RO
            KENTON ASSOCIATES, LTD.
            by BARBARA G. ROSS                    DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: DK520017BO
                                                  (7M1308M)
                                   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 2201-11 Broadway, various apartments, 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, DK520017BO was 
          issued on February 16, 1990.  In that order, the Administrator 
          affirmed the finding of 7M1308M issued October 10, 1989, that the 
          owner be denied eligibility for a 1986/87 Maximum Base Rent (MBR) 
          increase, due to the owner's failure to make timely payment of the 
          MBR fee to the Administrator.

               On appeal, the owner states that it did not perform the 
          1986/87 MBR procedures but that it retained McLaughlin Realty 
          Company to do the various filings on its behalf.  As proof of this 
          contention the owner submits on appeal a bill from McLaughlin 
          requesting payment in consideration of McLaughlin's "Preparation of 
          MBR paperwork for 1986/87 (for the subject premises) including 
          filing fee".  Also included on appeal is a copy of the owner's 
          cancelled check, made payable to McLaughlin, for the aforementioned 
          obligation.
               
               The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should 
          be denied.














          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: EC520458RO



               The owner does not contend that it actually did pay the fee to 
          the Administrator when requested, but merely asserts that it 
          retained a third party to make the fee payment for it.  The 
          Commissioner finds that the third party (McLaughlin Realty) by 
          making the various submissions to the Administrator in pursuit of 
          the owner's eligibility to increase the 1986/87 MBR at the subject 
          premises, was acting as the owner's agent.  As such, the owner    
          cannot disclaim responsibility for McLaughlin's actions.  The 
          Commissioner is thus of the opinion that the Administrator was 
          correct in finding that due to its failure to make timely payment 
          to the Administrator the owner should be denied eligibility to 
          raise 1986/87 MBRs at the subject premises.

               The Commissioner notes that, by its submission on appeal the 
          owner has only proved that it paid McLaughlin for its services, and 
          not that it paid the MBR fee to the Administrator.

               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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