FK210003RT
                                  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

          ------------------------------------X   S.J.R. No. 6707
          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE     ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL
          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO. FK210003RT  
                                                  (refile of FE210400RT)
                                             
               Elsa Paredes,                      DISTRICT RENT OFFICE
               FNA Elsa Montanez,                 DOCKET NO. ZK002598R

                                   PETITIONER     Owner: Konstantino Ferousis
          ------------------------------------X

                       ORDER AND OPINION REMANDING PROCEEDING

          On October 31, 1991 the above-named petitioner-tenant timely 
          refiled a Petition for Administrative Review against an order 
          issued on May 17, 1991 by the Rent Administrator, 92-31 Union Hall 
          Street, Jamaica, New York concerning the housing accommodations 
          known as 180 Borinquen Place aka 180 Grand Street Extension, 
          Brooklyn, New York, Apartment No. 5 wherein the Rent Administrator 
          terminated the tenant's complaint of rent overcharge without action 
          stating that the tenant had vacated the subject apartment.

          Subsequent thereto, the petitioner filed a petition in the Supreme 
          Court pursuant to Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules 
          requesting that the "deemed denial" of the petitioner's 
          administrative appeal be annulled.  This proceeding was then 
          remitted, by a Court order, to the Division for a determination of 
          the petitioner's appeal. 

          The administrative appeal is being determined pursuant to the 
          provisions of Section 2526.1 of the Rent stabilization Code.

          The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator's order was 
          warranted.

          The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in the record and 
          has carefully considered that portion of the record relevant to the 
          issue by the administrative appeal.

          This proceeding was originally commenced on June 14, 1985 by the 
          filing of a tenant's complaint of rent overcharge, alleging that 
          the increase in rent to $400.00 charged by the owner due to the 
          tenant transferring from apartment 2 to apartment 5 in June 1985 
          was excessive and that the prior rent was about $200.00.

          The tenant's complaint was served on the owner.













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          In response, the owner stated in substance that the increase in 
          rent was due to $6,000.00 worth of renovations to the subject 
          apartment prior to the transfer.  In addition, the tenant was now 
          aware of the reason for the increase and wished to withdraw the 
          complaint.

          The Rent Administrator attempted to confirm the owner's allegation 
          that the tenant had withdrawn the complaint.  However, the notice 
          to the tenant was addressed to 180 Grant Street rather than the 
          correct address of 180 Grand Street Extension causing the post 
          office to return the mail "addressee unknown".  

          Subsequently due to the confusion between Grand Street Extension 
          and Grand Street, the subject address was changed to 180 Borinquen 
          Place.  In addition, the tenant's surname reverted to her maiden 
          name.

          On May 17, 1991, the Rent Administrator terminated the tenant's 
          complaint stating that the tenant had vacated the subject 
          apartment.

          In the instant petition, the tenant stated in substance that the 
          proceeding should be reopened and a decision made as to the legal 
          rent; that she had not vacated but had reverted to the use of her 
          maiden name (Paredes) although her complaint was filed under her 
          married name (Montanez); that due to problems experienced by the 
          post office in delivering mail because 180 Grand Street Extension 
          was being confused with 180 Grand Street, the address known as 180 
          Grand Street Extension was changed to 180 Borinquen Place and 
          therefore she never received any notices sent by the Rent 
          Administrator.

          In response, the owner stated in substance that they had never 
          received a copy of the complaint under the instant docket and that 
          the tenant's petition should be denied.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this proceeding should be 
          remanded for processing of the tenant's overcharge complaint on the 
          merits since the evidence of record clearly shows that the Rent 
          Administrator was mistaken in terminating the proceeding on the 
          basis that the tenant had vacated the subject apartment.  The 
          owner's prior submissions may be considered in the remanded 
          proceeding and the tenant should be sent a copy of such submissions 
          and afforded a chance to respond.  Both sides may also be given an 
          opportunity to submit any additional evidence.



          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 






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          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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