EJ410321RT and ART09815L (after remit)

                                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 NOS. 7319 and 2478 
      IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE :  ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
      APPEALS OF                             DOCKET NOS. EJ410321RT and
                                                         IE410006RP
                                              (ART 09815L) (after remit)
                                                     
                                          :  DISTRICT RENT OFFICE
          Stanley and Joanne Marder,         DOCKET NOS. L3114880R and
                                                         CI410540R
                                             
                                             OWNER: 24 Fifth Avenue Associates
                            PETITIONERS   : 
      ------------------------------------X                             

          ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITIONS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                            AND REMANDING PROCEEDINGS

      On May 1, 1986, the above-named tenants filed a petition for 
      administrative review under Docket No. ART09815L of an order issued on 
      April 25, 1986 by a Rent Administrator under Docket No. L3114880R 
      concerning the housing accommodations known as 24 Fifth Avenue, 
      Apartment No. 1703, New York, New York, wherein the Rent Administrator 
      dismissed the tenants' overcharge complaint.           

      In his order of April 25, 1986, the Administrator dismissed the 
      overcharge complaint because the Administrator was of the opinion that 
      another order (Opinion No. 30,402 of the Conciliation and Appeals Board) 
      had resolved the issues presented by the tenants' complaint under Docket 
      No. L3114880R.

      The tenants filed a petition for administrative review under Docket No. 
      ART09815L, and on May 29, 1987 the Commissioner affirmed the 
      Administrator's order.

      Subsequently a petition was filed by the tenants in the Supreme Court 
      pursuant to Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules seeking 
      judicial review of the Commissioner's order.

      The proceeding was then remitted on consent of both parties for further 
      processing.

      On October 18, 1990, the above-named tenants filed a petition for 
      administrative review under Docket No. EJ410321RT of an order issued on 
      September 13, 1990 under Docket No. CI410540R by a Rent Administrator 
      concerning the same housing accommodations and the same parties as 
      above.












          EJ410321RT and ART09815L (after remit)


      In his order of September 13, 1990, the Administrator  terminated the 
      proceeding under Docket No. CI410540R because another overcharge 
      complaint involving these same parties was open and pending before the 
      Rent Administrator under Docket No. AJ410295R.  The Administrator stated 
      that the cases would be consolidated and the parties would be further 
      advised under Docket No. AJ410295R.
                                          
      In their petition for administrative review under Docket No. EJ410321RT, 
      the tenants assert that the cases in question "... should be jointly 
      considered rather than consolidated."

      Subsequently, the owner filed a petition in the Supreme Court pursuant 
      to Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules requesting that the 
      Court direct the Division to expeditiously issue a determination of the 
      tenants' administrative appeals.

      DHCR was ordered by the Supreme Court to issue opinions in these two 
      petitions for administrative review within 90 days of April 14, 1994.

      The Commissioner is consolidating these petitions for administrative 
      review and this order and opinion is dispositive of both.

      The Commissioner is of the opinion that these petitions for 
      Administrative review should be granted and the proceedings should be 
      remanded for further processing.

      The Commissioner is of the opinion that the Administrator should make a 
      specific determination of the lawful stabilization rents for the subject 
      apartment beginning with November 1, 1982, the date the petitioner- 
      tenants took occupancy of the subject apartment.  This determination 
      will be made consistent with prior Commissioner's orders issued under 
      Docket Numbers BH430373RO and DL410114RT and should include any 
      adjustments necessary for reductions in hotel services.  The 
      determinations of these cases should be made in conjunction with the 
      open and pending overcharge application under Docket No. AJ410295R.

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

      ORDERED, that these petitions be, and the same hereby are, granted, the 
      Administrator's orders be, and the same hereby are, revoked, and that 
      these  proceedings be, and the same hereby are, remanded to the 
      Administrator for further processing in accordance with this order and 
      opinion. 
        
      ISSUED:
                                                                    
                                      JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                      Deputy Commissioner
    

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