FJ 610074 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

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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE :  ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO. FJ 610074 RO 

                                              :  DISTRICT RENT
               Stanley Turuk,                    ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                 DOCKET NO. DD 610343 R
                                                      
                                                 TENANT: Carmen Roman        
                      
                                   PETITIONER : 
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


          On October 11, 1991, the above-named owner filed a petition for 
          administrative review of an order entered on October 4, 1991, by a 
          District Rent Administrator concerning the housing accommodations 
          known as 246 East 199th Street, Bronx, New York, Apartment No. 3K, 
          wherein the Administrator determined an overcharged had occurred.

          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 on April 24, 1989 upon the filing of 
          an overcharge complaint by the tenant.

          The Administrator's examination of DHCR's records indicated that 
          the owner had failed to register the subject apartment for 1987.  
          Accordingly, the Administrator requested that the owner submit 
          evidence to prove that the subject apartment was registered for 
          1987.  Additionally, the Administrator notified the owner of the 
          possible imposition of treble damages and allowed the owner the 
          opportunity to present evidence showing a lack of willfulness.

          In his answer, the owner asserted that no overcharges occurred and 
          that he had, in fact, registered the subject apartment for 1987.  
          The owner alleged that the Rent Stabilization Association (RSA) had 
          registered all rent stabilized tenants in the subject building for 
          1987.  Submitted with the answer was a listing of the rent roll for 
          the subject building for 1987.

          In the order under review, the Rent Administrator froze the rent at 
          $243.00 which was the amount being charged and collected on March 
          31, 1987 due to the owner's failure to properly file a registration 
          for 1987.  Further, the Administrator assessed treble damages on 












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          the calculated overcharge.  Total overcharges through April 30, 
          1991 were determined to be $5,306.40.

          In his petition for administrative review, the owner repeated the 
          allegations made below and resubmitted the document presented 
          below.

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
          that this petition should be denied.

          The Commissioner finds that the owner failed to prove that the 
          subject apartment was registered for 1987.  The Administrator 
          correctly relied upon the DHCR records.  Similarly, the 
          Administrator correctly protected the owner's due process rights by 
          affording him a full opportunity to refute those records with 
          documentary evidence.  Clearly, the documentation submitted by the 
          owner was insufficient to refute the accuracy of the DHCR records.  
          One method for showing service of an apartment registration is the 
          use of the Post Office "Carrier Route Pre-Sort" Service through a 
          bonded mailing house as evidenced by the Post Office date- 
          certification of the number of pieces received from the mailing 
          house for each building and the mailing house addressee list.  The 
          owner failed to meet this standard.

          Accordingly, the Rent Administrator's order was warranted.

          This order may, upon the expiration of the period in which the 
          owner may institute a proceeding pursuant to Article 78 of the 
          Civil Practice Law and Rules, be filed and enforced in the same 
          manner as a judgment or not in excess of twenty percent per month 
          thereof may be offset against any rent thereafter due the owner.

          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 Rent 
          Administrator be, and the same hereby is, affirmed.

          ISSUED:

                                                                        
                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Acting Deputy Commissioner


    

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