FI 610086 RO

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

          APPEAL OF                             DOCKET NO.: FI-610086 RO

                                                DRO DOCKET NO.: AA-601331 R
                   STANLEY WASSERMAN,
                                                TENANT:   BELLE    ALEXANDER


          On  September  16,  1991,  the  above-named  petitioner  filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review against  an  order  issued  on
          August 12, 1991 by the District Rent Administrator, Jamaica,  New
          York, concerning housing accommodations known  as  Apartment  No.
          1C, 216 Bolton Street, Bronx, New York wherein the District  Rent
          Administrator determined the  fair  market  rent  pursuant  to  a
          comparability study and the special fair  market  rent  guideline
          promulgated by the New York City Rent Guidelines Board for use in 
          calculating fair market rent appeals.

          The issue in this appeal is whether the Administrator's order was 

          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 originally commenced by the filing of a  fair
          market rent appeal application  by  the  tenant  challenging  the
          initial legal regulated rent.  The tenant took occupancy pursuant 
          to a lease commencing October 1, 1985 and expiring September  30,
          1987 at a monthly rent of $400.00.

          The owner was served with a  copy  of  the  application  and  was
          afforded an  opportunity  to  submit  rent  data  for  comparable

          In Order Number ZAA 601331 R,  the  District  Rent  Administrator
          adjusted the initial legal regulated rent by establishing a  fair
          market  rent  of  $356.34  effective   October   1,   1985,   the
          commencement date of  the  initial  rent  stabilized  lease,  and
          directed the owner to refund to the tenant of excess rent in  the
          amount of $3,585.96.

          In this petition, the  owner  contends  that  the  District  Rent
          Administrator's Order is incorrect and should be modified because 
          apartments  2C  and  4C  should  not  have  been  used   in   the

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          comparability study since  the  apartments  were  not  originally
          rented with consideration that those there  apartments  would  be
          used in a comparability study.

          The tenant did not submit a response to the owners petition.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition  should  be
          denied.  The  owner  failed  to  give  a  legal  reason  why  the
          information that it provided the Division should not be used in a 
          comparability study.  The very purpose of the comparability study 
          is to use other comparable apartments provided by the owner.  The 
          proper procedure was followed in the instant case.

          The owner is directed  to  roll  back  the  rent  to  the  lawful
          stabilized rents consistent with this decision and to  refund  or
          fully credit against future rents over a period not exceeding six 
          months from the date of receipt of this order,  the  excess  rent
          collected by the owner.

          In the event the owner does not take appropriate action to comply 
          within sixty (60) days from the date of this  order,  the  tenant
          may credit the excess rent collected by  the  owner  against  the
          next month(s) rent until fully offset.

          Because this determination concerns  lawful  rents  only  through
          August 31, 1991, the owner  is  cautioned  to  adjust  subsequent
          rents to an amount no greater than that determined by this  order
          plus any lawful increases and to register any adjusted rents with 
          this order and opinion being given as  the  explanation  for  the

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

          ORDERED, that this petition for administrative review be, and the 
          same hereby is, denied, and that the order of the  District  Rent
          Administrator be, and the same hereby is, affirmed.


                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Acting Deputy Commissioner


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