STATE OF NEW YORK 
                                OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: FA430019RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: CI420079BT
             W. T. ASSOCIATES                          (7M01521M)


               The above-named owner filed a timely petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 230 Central Park South (a/k/a 226-230 West 
          59th Street) 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.

               Various tenants residing at the subject premises, by their 
          representative filed with the Administrator a Challenge to the 
          order granting the owner eligibility to raise Maximum Base Rents 
          (MBRs) at the subject premises for the 1986/87 cycle, said order 
          issued on September 30, 1988 under the Docket# 7M01521M.  Based on 
          the tenants' Challenge, the Administrator issued the order under 
          review herein on March 23, 1990, under Docket# CI420079BT, in which 
          order the Administrator revoked the owner's eligibility.  In that 
          order the Administrator determined that the owner had failed to 
          certify to the timely clearance of a sufficient number of 
          violations from the subject premises.  

               On appeal the owner contends that the Administrator's order  
          was incorrect, inasmuch as the owner timely filed the various 
          certification documentation.

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

          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: FA430019RO

               On October 8, 1986, the New York City Department of Housing 
          Preservation and Development conducted an inspection of the subject 
          premises.  This inspection revealed that the owner had failed to 
          clear a sufficient number of violations from the subject premises 
          in order to gain eligibility to raise MBRs at the subject premises 
          for the 1986/87 cycle.

               The Commissioner notes that, in the order under review herein, 
          the Administrator states that the owner is denied eligibility due 
          to the owner's failure to "properly certify and remove (emphasis 
          added)...violations."  The Commissioner further notes that on 
          appeal the owner states "Landlord did...file the Certification 
          Requirements."  The owner does not on appeal make any reference to 
          the removal of violations.

               The statutorily-imposed requirement that owners "certify" to 
          the removal of violation at a given premises is more than a 
          formality that can be satisfied by the mere filing of papers.  
          Rather, the Commissioner is of the opinion that the certification 
          of the removal of violations from a given premises consists of the 
          owner's actually clearing those violations and submitting 
          certification to the Administrator attesting to same.

               An examination of the file reveals that the owner in the 
          instant proceeding has, per its contentions on appeal timely filed 
          violation certification with the Administrator.  As noted above, 
          however, the owner has not actually cleared the requisite number of 
          violations from the subject premises, and as also noted above such 
          clearance is required.

               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.


                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Certifying Officer   

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