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 
          APPEAL OF                               ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                                  DOCKET NOS: FD430275RO
               Arnold   Meier                         D.R.O.   DOCKET   NO:
                                                  CJ4300240M


                                   PETITIONERS
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          ORDER AND OPINION REMANDING PETITION  FOR  ADMINISTRATIVE  REVIEW

          On April  24,  1991  the  above-named  petitioner-owner  filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review against  an  order  issued  on
          March 20, 1991  by  the  Rent  Administrator,  92-31  Union  Hall
          Street, Jamaica, NY concerning housing accommodations known as 39 
          Bedford Street, New York, New York,  various  apartments  wherein
          the  Administrator  denied  such  portion  of  a  major   capital
          improvement (MCI) application as pertains to the rent  stabilized
          apartments for failure to file said application within two  years
          from  the  completion   date   of   the   installation   of   the
          boiler/burner, while  granting  a  rent  increase  for  the  rent
          controlled apartments heating system. 

          In this petition  for  administrative  review  (PAR),  the  owner
          contends in substance that the administrator erroneously denied a 
          MCI rent increase for the rent stabilized apartments, although it 
          met all the requirements  of  Section  2522.4  (2)  of  the  Rent
          Stabilization Code, including filing the application  within  two
          years of the completion date of the installation and  the  proper
          documentation of the work performed.

          After  a  careful  consideration  of  the  entire   record,   the
          Commissioner is of the opinion that  this  proceeding  should  be
          remanded to the Rent  Administrator  for  further  processing  in
          accordance with this order and opinion.

          The record discloses that the owner herein commenced the  instant
          proceeding by  filing  its  MCI  application  with  the  DHCR  by
          certified mail, return receipt  requested,  bearing  an  official
          postal  stamp  dated  September  29,  1988  on  the  receipt  for
          certified mail.  The record further discloses  that  the  owner's
          MCI application lists September 29, 1986 as the  completion  date
          Docket NO. FD430275RO         - 2 -

          for the installation of the boiler/burner.

          As is customary in PAR filings and other transactions within  the
          DHCR, the official U.S. Postal Service postmark is the acceptable 






          date when timeliness of a document  filed  with  this  agency  by
          mail.

          Since it appears,  based  on  the  owner's  statement,  that  the
          instant MCI application may have been filed within the  allowable
          two year period of the boiler/burner's installation  pursuant  to
          the applicable provision of  the  Rent  Stabilization  Code,  the
          Commissioner deems it appropriate to remand  this  proceeding  to
          the Administrator for such further processing as  may  be  deemed
          necessary.

          Therefore,  in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  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 the Rent Administrator 
          for further processing in accordance with this order and opinion. 

          ISSUED:

           
                                             Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                             Deputy Commissioner
    

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