FE 410498-RT
                                
                        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.:
                                        FE 410498-RT
     SHARON EPSTEIN (HIGDON),           DISTRICT RENT
                                        ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                        NO.:
                        PETITIONER      DE 410021-R
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  ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                
                                
On  May 27, 1991, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a Peti-
tion for Administrative Review of an order issued on May 1, 1991,
by  a  Rent Administrator concerning housing accommodations known
as  Apartment  1-W at 149 East 81st Street, New York,  New  York,
wherein the District Rent Administrator determined that there had
been no overcharge of the tenant's rent.

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

This  proceeding was commenced by the filing of a rent overcharge
complaint by the tenant, on April 24, 1989.

The tenant took occupancy pursuant to a one-year lease commencing
August 1, 1983, and expiring on July  31, 1984, at a monthly rent
of  $1,144.00.  The tenant was timely served with a copy  of  the
1984 initial registration for the apartment.

The  owner  was  served  with a copy of  the  complaint  and  was
directed  to submit a complete rent history from the  base  date,
including  copies  of all leases.  The owner complied  with  this
request.

In Order No. DE 410021-R issued on May 1, 1991, the District Rent
Administrator  determined that the initial legal registered  rent
of   $1,144.00  had  been  lawfully  increased  to  $1,432.01  in
accordance with the orders of the Rent Guidelines Board, and that
there were no overcharges of the tenant's rent.

In  her  petition,  dated May 27, 1991, the tenant  restates  her
challenge  to  the  initial  rent of $1,144.00  per  month.   She
contends that she had no reason to suspect that her initial  rent
was  incorrect at the time of the registration, but that recently
other  tenants  in her building have discovered  that  they  were
overcharged.

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

Although the tenant challenges the initial legal registered rent,
the  record  establishes  that  the  subject-premises  were  duly
registered in 1984, and that the complainant's rent on  April  1,
1984  was  adopted  as  the  initial legal  registered  rent,  in
accordance   with   Section  2521.1(c)  of   the   current   Rent
Stabilization Code. Section 2526 further provides that unless the
initial legal registered rent is successfully challenged  by  the
tenant  in occupancy within 90 days of the mailing of a  copy  of
the registration statement to the tenant, no subsequent challenge
may be enter-tained.

In  this  case, although the tenant contends that the absence  of
information about the fair market value of the apartment  or  the
prior  tenant's  rent was the reason she did  not  challenge  the
initial  registration  within 90 days, this  is  insufficient  to
override  the clearly stated timeliness requirements of the  Rent
Stabilization Code.  Therefore the Administrator properly limited
review  of  the  lease history to the period  subsequent  to  the
initial registration.  The finding that there were no overcharges
was  also properly determined.  As there are no other allegations
of defects in the order, it is affirmed in its entirety.


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

ORDERED,  that the tenant's petition be, and the same  hereby  is
denied;  and  that  the Administrator's order be,  and  the  same
hereby is, affirmed.


ISSUED:


ELLIOT SANDER
                                         Deputy Commissioner
    

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