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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: GA420124RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: FA210108BO
            FONTAINEBLEAU ESTATES, INC.                (DJ421434BR)


               The above-named owner filed a timely petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 217 East 26th Street, apt.8, 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, FA420108BO was 
          issued on December 6,1991.  In that order, the Administrator 
          affirmed the finding of DJ421434BR, issued December 14, 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 all violations at the 
          subject premises have been cleared.  As proof of this contention, 
          the owner submits on appeal a copy of an Affidavit from a licensed 
          architect.  In the Affidavit, dated June 24, 1991 the affiant  
          testifies that he inspected the subject premises on June 6, 1991 
          and based on this inspection the affiant certifies that all 
          violations of record have been cleared.

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

          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: GA420124RO

               Section 2202.3(h) of the New York City Rent and Eviction 
          Regulations requires the owner, in order to gain eligibility to 
          raise MBRs at a given premises for a given cycle, to certify inter 
          alia the clearance of the requisite number of violations at the 
          subject premises by six months prior to the effective date of the 
          order of eligibility, at the latest.  In the instant proceeding, 
          the owner was required to certify that the violations had been 
          cleared by June 30, 1989.

               The Commissioner notes that on March 26, 1991 an inspection of 
          the subject premises was conducted by the New York City Department 
          of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).  The HPD inspection 
          disclosed the existence of ten violations at the subject premises.  
          As noted above, a licensed architect visited the subject premises 
          on June 6, 1991 and found that all the violations had been cleared.  

               As noted above, to qualify for eligibility the requisite 
          number of violations had to be cleared by June 30, 1989.  An 
          examination of the evidence presented by the owner on appeal and of 
          the HPD inspection leads the Commissioner to conclude that, giving 
          maximum credence to the owner's evidence, the record, as a whole 
          indicates that the violations were cleared between March 26, 1991 
          and June 6, 1991-nearly two years after the June 30, 1989 deadline 
          for such clearance.  

               The Commissioner notes that the owner certified to the 
          Administrator that the requisite number of violations were cleared 
          by June 25, 1989.

               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
                                             Deputy Commissioner 

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