FB 620221 RO
                                  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    S.J.R. 5730
          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE    ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO.:  FB 620221 RO
                                                  
           MBD COMMUNITY HOUSING CORPORATION,
                                                 D.R.O. DOCKET NO.: ZCJ 620417 R

                                PETITIONER
          ----------------------------------X



            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


          On February 20, 1991, the above named  petitioner-owner  filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review against  an  order  issued  on
          January 15, 1991, by the District Rent Administrator, 92-31 Union 
          Hall Street, Jamaica, New York, concerning housing accommodations 
          known as Apartment D3, 1490 Crotona Park East, Bronx, New York.

          On March 8, 1991, the Commissioner dismissed the owner's petition 
          as being untimely filed.

          Subsequent thereto, the owner  filed  a  petition  in  the  Bronx
          County Supreme Court pursuant to Article 78 of the Civil Practice 
          Law and Rules seeking to set aside the Commissioner's order.  

          On June 18, 1991 the proceeding was remitted to the  Division  of
          Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) pursuant to a stipulation of 
          settlement.

          The  issue  in  this  appeal  is  whether   the   District   Rent
          Administrator's order was warranted.

          The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in  the  record
          and has carefully considered that portion of the record  relevant
          to the issue raised by the administrative appeal.

          This proceeding was  commenced  on  September  22,  1988  by  the
          tenant's filing of a rent overcharge complaint.

          On March 28, 1989 the tenant informed DHCR that she  had  settled
          her complaint with the landlord in court and requested  that  her
          complaint be dropped.

          In Docket Number ZCJ  620417  R  issued  January  15,  1991,  the
          District  Rent  Administrator   determined   that   the   Maximum
          Collectible Rent for the subject apartment was $132.02  effective
          January 1, 1986.







          FB 620221 RO
          In this petition,  the  owner  contends,  inter  alia,  that  the
          District Rent Administrator's order is incorrect  and  should  be
          revoked because the  tenant,  who  was  represented  by  counsel,
          agreed to withdraw her overcharge complaint on February 15,  1989
          in the Bronx County Housing Court  pursuant  to  a  "so  ordered"
          stipulation of settlement.  In support of  this  contention,  the
          petitioner submitted a copy of the above-mentioned stipulation of 
          settlement.

          The tenant did not submit a response to this petition.

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

          A review of the record in the instant  case  indicates  that  the
          parties settled this matter in court prior to the issuance of the 
          Administrator's order.  Accordingly,  the  Administrator's  order
          must be revoked.

          THEREFORE,  in  accordance  with  the  New  York  City  Rent  and
          Evictions Regulations, it is

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby  is,  granted
          and the District Rent Administrator's  order  be,  and  the  same
          hereby is, revoked.



          ISSUED:



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                                                  ELLIOT SANDER
                                                  Deputy Commissioner
           
             
    

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