DOCKET NOS.:  FI910045RO
              FI910500RT
                              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. FI910045RO
     VIKROK ASSOCIATES PETITIONER/OWNER                    FI910500RT
     PATRICK MOLONEY PETITIONER/TENANT      :  DRO DOCKET NO. YEB9101331R 
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                ORDER AND OPINION DENYING BOTH OWNER'S AND TENANT'S
                        PETITIONS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


     On September 6, 1991 (postmark), the above named petitioner-owner filed a 
     Petition for Administrative Review (Docket # FI910045RO) against an order 
     (Docket # YEB9101331R) issued on August 5, 1991 by the District Rent 
     Administrator, 55 Church Street, White Plains, NY, concerning the housing 
     accommodations known as Apt. 7C, 829 Bronx River Road, Bronxville, NY  
     10708.

     The issue in this appeal is whether the District Rent Administrator's order 
     which found a rent overcharge of $1099.39 was warranted.

     The applicable section of the law is Sec. 2506.1 of the Tenant Protection 
     Regulations and Bulletin 37.  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 in the administrative appeal.

     Vikrok Associates in their petition alleges a prior legal regulated rent of 
     $526.93 for which they have failed to produce a lease.

     Accordingly the Rent Administrator was correct in relying on the last 
     registered rent for the subject apartment which was $501.84 filed with this 
     agency in 1987.

     Vikrok Associates contends that they were entitled to a vacancy allowance 
     of the highest comparable rent in building as of June 1989 which they 
     contend was $566.36.

     Tenant Protection Bulletin No 37 covers the subject building which was 
     subject to a coop conversion.

     According to the bulletin, the legal regulated registered rent is increased 
     by an amount not in excess of the guideline rates of increase.

     Accordingly the District Rent Administrator's order was correct in not 
     considering comparable rents within the building.









          DOCKET NOS.:  FI910045RO
              FI910500RT

     The subject tenant filed an untimely Petition for Administrative Review 
     (Docket #FI910500RT) on September 10th (thirty-six days after order).  Both 
     the landlord's and tenant's petitions have been consolidated in this order, 
     since they concern the same Administrator's order.

     The tenant's requested finding of treble damages and the incorporation of 
     the owner at the time he first rented apartment (Midland Associates) into 
     the order is denied.  The agency lacks jurisdiction to take such steps 
     without a timely tenant petition.

     It should be noted that agency apartment registration record indicate that 
     subsequent to the filing of the two petitions, the building has been sold 
     to Volkman Realty.  An information copy of this order will be mailed to the 
     new owner.

     Further, the tenant has informed this agency he has moved.  An information 
     copy of this order will also be mailed to the new tenant.

     Accordingly, if the tenant is still due funds based on the underlying 
     overcharge order, his appropriate remedy would be court action.

     THEREFORE, in accordance with the Tenant Protection Regulations and the 
     Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974, it is 

     ORDERED, that both the owner's and tenant's petitions are denied, and the 
     underlying Rent Administrator's order is affirmed in full.

     ISSUED:



                                                                              
                                                    JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                    Deputy Commissioner     

    

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