FI 410199-RO
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                      DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                                  JAMAICA, NY 11433



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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE     ADMINISTRATIVE  REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:   
                                                  FI 410199-RO
                                                  RENT      ADMINISTRATOR'S
           46 EAST FIRST STREET ASSOCIATES/     DOCKET NO.: 
           JONATHAN D. GOLBY,                     FA 310544-S
                                                  PREMISES: 
                                                  46 East First St.,      
                                   PETITIONER     Apt. 6-C, New York, NY   
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               ORDER AND OPINION REMANDING PROCEEDING TO ADMINISTRATOR     


          The above-named owner filed a timely Petition for  Administrative
          Review of an order issued on  August  15,  1991,  concerning  the
          housing accommodations relating  to  the  above-described  docket
          number, wherein the Administrator established the legal regulated 
          rent for the subject apartment  at  $1.00  per  month,  effective
          April 2, 1990, the date  a  fire  caused  the  tenant  to  vacate
          involuntarily.

          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 tenant commenced this  proceeding  on  January  28,  1991  by
          filing a complaint asserting that because of  an  April  2,  1990
          fire, the subject apartment was uninhabitable, having no  windows
          or electricity and  that  she  was  forced  to  live  at  another
          address.  The complaint was mailed to "Paul Balme 46 E.  1st  St.
          Assoc. 10 Nathsa Dgolby, 275 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016"
          and was returned by the Post Office marked "Unknown".

          The Administrator's file shows no owner's response  to  the  ten-
          ant's complaint.




          Thereafter, a physical inspection of the  subject  apartment  was
          conducted on June 25, 1991 by a Division of Housing and Community 
          Renewal (DHCR) staff member who reported that the  apartment  was
          totally damaged on April 2, 1990 by fire.

          The Administrator established the legal regulated rent  at  $1.00
          per month effective April 2, 1990, the date  of  the  fire  which
          caused the tenant to vacate involuntarily.






          FI 410199-RO

          In this petition, the owner's attorney (Jonathan D. Golb )   con-
          tends in substance that neither he nor  the  owner  received  the
          tenant's complaint and that the tenant caused the fire.

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of  the  opinion
          that the proceeding should be remanded to  the  Administrator  in
          accordance with this Order and Opinion.

          The record reveals that the transmittal of the tenant's complaint 
          was improperly addressed and returned  y  the  Post  Office  con-
          firming the petitioner's statement that the owner had  no  notice
          of the proceeding.  The Division records  also  reveal  that  the
          complaint was not sent to the registered owner of the premises as 
          required by  Section  2527.3  of  the  Rent  Stabilization  Code.
          Moreover,  the  complaint  and  order  were   sent   (incorrectly
          addressed) to the attorney  for  the  owner  when  no  notice  of
          appearance had been filed by said attorney.

          Based upon these errors, the proceeding must be remanded  to  the
          Administrator for the purpose of  serving  the  registered  owner
          with  the  complaint,  affording  the  owner  an  opportunity  to
          respond, and giving due consideration to such  answer.   However,
          since the agency's inspection confirmed that the  subject  apart-
          ment is uninhabitable because of fire damage, the Administrator's 
          order establishing the rent at $1.00 per month  remains  in  full
          force and effect until a new order  is  issued  pursuant  to  the
          remand.


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

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby  is,  granted
          to the extent of remanding this proceeding to t e  Rent  Adminis-
          trator for further processing in accordance with this  Order  and
          Opinion.  The automatic stay of so much  of  the  Administrator's
          order as directed a retroactive rent abatement is hereby con- 





          tinued until a new order  is  issued  on  remand.   However,  the
          Administrator's establishment of the rent at $1.00 per  month  is
          not stayed and remains in effect until the Administrator issues a 
          new order upon remand.


          ISSUED:





                                                                           
                                                   JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                   Acting Deputy Commissioner
    

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