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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: EE230230RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
              M.P. MANAGEMENT CO.                 NO.: CH220046BT
              C/O KUCKER, KRAUS & BRUH                 (7M03376K)


               The above-named owner filed a timely petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 7201 Bay Parkway, various apartments, 
          Brooklyn, 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, CH220046BT was 
          issued on January 12, 1990.  In that order, the Administrator 
          revoked the finding of 7M03376K, issued June 29, 1988, that the 
          owner be granted eligibility for a 1986/87 Maximum Base Rent (MBR) 
          increase, due to the owner's failure to meet the violation 
          certification requirements necessary to the owner's being granted 
          an MBR increase.  CH220046BT was an order issued upon the filing of 
          a Challenge to the grant of eligibility, by one of the affected 
          tenants at the subject premises.

               On appeal, the owner alleges that the Administrator erred by 
          not serving it with a copy of the tenant's Challenge. The owner 
          alleges that as a result of this error it cannot "..determine what 
          evidence the owner relied upon in rendering its determination."  
          The owner further requests access to the record of the instant 

          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: EE230230RO

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

               An examination of the file reveals that a List of Pending 
          Violations (LPV) enumerates 40 non rent-impairing violations of 
          record against the subject premises as of January 1, 1985.  In 
          order to receive eligibility to raise MBRs at the subject premises 
          for 1986/87, the owner was thus obligated to certify to the 
          clearance of at least 32 (40 X 80% = 32) of those violations.

               An inspection of the subject premises conducted by the New 
          York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) 
          on January 17, 1989 disclosed that, even as of that late date (over 
          one year after the conclusion of the 1986/87 cycle) the owner had 
          still failed to clear the requisite number of violations from the 
          subject premises.

               The Administrator does not have a duty to serve the owner with 
          a copy of the tenant's Challenge to an order granting the owner 
          eligibility to raise MBRs at a given premises for a given cycle.  
          Such service is not included in standard DHCR procedure, nor is it 
          prescribed by statute.  Moreover, the Commissioner is of the 
          opinion that, inasmuch as the owner has the right to appeal before 
          the Commissioner any order issued by the Administrator upon the 
          tenant's filing of a Challenge, such lack of service in no way 
          prejudices the owner's due process rights.

               The Commissioner notes that if the owner wishes to examine the 
          record in the instant proceeding it is free to file with this 
          Agency a FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request.

               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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