Docket No. ED520059RO

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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: ED520059RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
          225 Realty                              ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
          by Florence Edelstein                   NO.: DK520026BO(7M10388M)


              The above-named owner filed a timely petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 708 West 192 Street A/K/A 225 Bennett 
          Avenue, 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, ED520059RO was issued 
          on March 23, 1990.  In that order, the Administrator affirmed the 
          finding of 7M10388M issued September 30, 1988, that the owner be 
          denied eligibility for a 1986/87 Maximum Base Rent (MBR) increase, 
          due to the owner's "failure to send copy of payment check, front 
          and rear, with dates clearly indicated."

              On appeal, the owner states that the fee payment represented by 
          the check was submitted on a timely basis, and submits alleged 
          proof thereof.

              The owner submits a front and back copy of its check #2126, 
          drown on Chemical Bank, dated August 20, 1986, payable to NYS- in 
          the amount of $440.  The owner also submits a copy of its August, 
          1986 Bank Statement, said statement disclosing that check #2126 was 
          presented for payment at Chemical Bank on August 26, 1986, and that 

          Docket No. ED520059RO

          the Owner's account was this charged $440.  

              The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should be 

              An examination of the record reveals that the owner submitted 
          the Fee Payment and was placed in the file and was logged in by a 
          DHCR employee.

              The Commissioner is thus of the opinion that, as there was 
          evidence that the Fee Payment was filed by the owner on a timely 
          basis and inasmuch as this evidence was available to the 
          Administrator, the administrator was therefore in error in finding 
          that the owner had failed to pay its MBR fee on a timely basis and 
          thus postponing the owner's eligibility.

              THEREFORE, in accordance with the provision of the Rent and 
          Eviction Regulations, it is

              ORDERED, that this petition for administrative review be, and 
          the same hereby is granted, and that the order of the Rent 
          Administrator be, and the same hereby is revoked.  The order is 
          hereby granted eligibility to raise MBR's at the subject premises 
          for 1986/1987, effective January 1, 1986, subject to the terms and 
          conditions on the attached sheet.


                                             Lula M. Anderson
                                             Deputy Commissioner

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