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.:GE 210028-RO
                                          :  
                                             RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
            ADAR MANAGEMENT,                 DOCKET NO.:ED 210183-OM
                            PETITIONER    : 
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          AND REMANDING TO THE RENT ADMINISTRATOR FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION

      The above-named owner filed a petition for Administrative Review of an 
      order issued March 26, 1992 by a Rent Administrator concerning the housing 
      accommodations known as 110 Caton Avenue, Brooklyn, 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 for review.

      The owner commenced this proceeding by the April 9, 1990 filing of a major 
      capital improvement (MCI) rent increase application with the agency based 
      on the installation of a new roof, completed April 3, 1988, building-wide.

      On March 26, 1992 the Rent Administrator issued the order here under review 
      finding that the owner had failed to file the application within two years 
      from the completion date of the installation and thereby denied the 
      application.

      In his petition the owner asserts "the application was filed just 6 days 
      after the 2 year completion date deadline.  A review of the files indicates 
      that completion was actually April 13, 1988 but that the date was 
      mistaken(ly) given as April 3, 1988.  Family matters made earlier filing 
      impossible."  The owner thereby requests a reversal of the Administrator's 
      order.

      After careful consideration of the entire record, the Commissioner is of 
      the opinion that this petition should be granted and the proceeding 
      remanded to the Rent Administrator for further consideration.

      Section 2522.4 (8) of the Rent Stabilization Code specifically provides, in 
      pertinent part, that no rent increase (for MCI installations) "shall be 
      granted by the DHCR, unless an application is filed no later than 2 years 
      after the completion of the installation of improvement."








          DOCKET NUMBER: GE 210028-RO
      In the instant case, the record indicates that the roof installation was 
      completed on April 3, 1988 and the owner's application was filed with the 
      agency more than two years later, on April 9, 1990; however the owner filed 
      pursuant to an agency notice dated March 29, 1990 in which the owner was 
      given twenty days to refile it's application without prejudice to any 
      filing deadline.  Accordingly, the Commissioner is of the opinion that the 
      owner's application was timely filed and remands this proceeding to the 
      Rent Administrator for further processing.

      THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, it is

      ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, granted and that 
      the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, revoked, and 
      this proceeding remanded for further processing in accordance with this 
      order and opinion.

      ISSUED:






                                                                    
                                           JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                       Acting Deputy Commissioner




                                                    
       
    

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