ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: FF430200RO

                                 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.: FF430200RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: EL420022BO(DJ422547BR)
            WERPOR ASSOCIATES
            C/O MANUEL WERPOR      PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

               The above-named owner filed a timely petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 1431 York Avenue, various apartments, New 
          York, N.Y.

               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, EL420022BO was 
          issued on May 3, 1991.  In that order, the Administrator affirmed 
          the finding of DJ422547BR issued October 11, 1990, that the owner 
          be denied eligibility for a 1990/91 Maximum Base Rent (MBR) 
          increase, due to the owner's failure to meet the violation 
          certification requirements necessary to the owner's being granted 
          an MBR increase.

               On appeal, the owner contends that he is trying to find out 
          how to comply with the Violation Certification requirements.

               The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should 
          be denied.

               The owner's assertion on appeal of ignorance of the meaning of 
          the Administrator's order is belied by submission to the 
          Administrator, after the issuance of the Administrator's order 
          being appealed herein and before his submission of the instant 














          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: FF430200RO

          appeal to the Commissioner of documentation (in the form of a 
          letter from a Registered Architect) testifying to the owner's 
          repair of 80% of the non rent impairing violations outstanding 
          against the subject premises.  The owner had previously submitted 
          to the Administrator, during the challenge phase of this 
          proceeding, Violation Status Reports (VSRs) issued by the New York 
          City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) 
          attesting to the repair of numerous violations.    

               Section 2202.3(h) of the New York City Rent and Eviction 
          Regulations requires the owner to certify, inter alia that 80% of 
          the non rent impairing violations of record as of one year before 
          the effective date of the order of eligibility at a particular 
          premises have been cleared, in order to allow the owner eligibility 
          to raise MBRs at that premises.

               An examination of the record reveals that, as of one year 
          before the effective date of the order of eligibility (i.e. as of 
          January 1, 1989) there were 38 non rent impairing violations of 
          record at the subject premises.  The owner was therefore required 
          to clear 31 of these violations (38 x 80% = 30.4) in order to gain 
          eligibility.  An HPD inspection conducted on March 6, 1991 reveals 
          that only 29 of the violations had been repaired.

               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.

          ISSUED:






                                                                        
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner
    

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