Docket No. FB430069RO
                                    STATE OF NEW YORK 
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: FB430069RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
          Rebecca Chang                           ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: EH420001BO(BK424827BR)


              The above-named owner filed a timely petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 52 West 69th Street, Various Apartments, 
          New York, New York.

              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 issue before the Commissioner is whether the 
          Administrator's order was correct.

              The Administrator's order being appealed, EH420001BO was issued 
          on January 18, 1991.  In that order, the Administrator denied the 
          finding of BK424827BR, issued July 14, 1988, that the owner be 
          granted eligibility for a 1988/89 Maximum Base Rent (MBR) increase.  
          The Administrator specifically found that there was an outstanding 
          finding of harassment at the subject premises, and that the owner 
          could thus not be granted eligibility to raise MBRs at the subject 

              On appeal, the owner contends that there is no harassment of 
          tenants at the subject premises.  In support of this contention the 
          owner submits on appeal a Certificate of No Harassment 
          (certificate) issued by the New York City Department of Housing 
          Preservation and Development (HPD), and the Court order upon which 
          the HPD relied in issuing its Certificate.

              The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should be 

              On August 11, 1987 a finding of harassment was made at the 

          Docket No. FB430069RO

          subject premises by the DHCR.  This finding is still outstanding as 
          of the issue date of this order.  Section 2202.6(a)(3) of the New 
          York City Rent and Eviction Regulations allows the Administrator to 
          withhold rent increases from owners of premises at which there is 
          a finding of harassment.

              The Commissioner is thus of the opinion that the Administrator 
          was correct in overturning its previous finding of eligibility, and 
          finding that the owner was thus ineligible for an MBR increase at 
          the subject premises.

              The certificate and the court order submitted by the owner on 
          appeal are not relevant to the instant proceeding.  The DHCR makes 
          findings of harassment and nonharassment at particular premises 
          pursuant to New York City and State Rent Regulations.  The HPD 
          makes similar findings pursuant to other statutes.  The DHCR 
          finding of nonharassment in the instant proceeding was thus made 
          pursuant to different regulations than an HPD finding of 
          nonharassment would be.  As such, an HPD finding of no harassment 
          at a particular premises cannot negate a DHCR finding of harassment 
          at that premises. 

              THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent and 
          Eviction Regulations, 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.


                                             Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                             Deputy Commissioner 

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