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  SJR NO.: 6852
      IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE :  ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
      APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO.: GK430016RO
                                          :  
                                             RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
        IRA H. NEWMAN,                       DOCKET NO.: EK410164OM
                            PETITIONER    : 
      ------------------------------------X                             

                  ORDER AND OPINION REMANDING PROCEEDING ON APPEAL

      On November 6, 1992 the above named petitioner-owner timely filed a 
      petition for administrative review (PAR) against an order issued on October 
      5, 1992, by a Rent Administrator concerning the housing accommodations 
      known as 113 Washington Place, New York, New York, various apartments, 
      wherein the Rent Administrator denied the owner's major capital improvement 
      (MCI) rent increase application.

      Subsequent thereto, the petitioner-owner filed a petition in the Supreme 
      Court pursuant to Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules requesting 
      that the Court direct the Division to expeditiously determine the 
      petitioner's administrative appeal.

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

      The owner commenced this proceeding on November 30, 1990 by filing an 
      application for a rent increase based on the installation of a 
      boiler/burner at the total claimed cost of $12,723.00.

      On October 5, 1992, the Rent Administrator issued the order here under 
      review denying the MCI application on the grounds that the owner had failed 
      to respond to DHCR's two requests dated July 25, 1990 and August 26, 1990 
      to submit a necessary governmental approval (B Form 16A - the City of New 
      York Department of Buildings Certificate of Approval for Oil Burning 
      Installation) for the boiler/burner installation.

      In this petition the owner contends, in substance, that the missing 
      governmental approval was inadvertently misdelivered due to an office 
      error.  The owner encloses a copy of the requisite governmental approval (B 
      Form 16A) with his PAR.

      The Commissioner is of the opinion that this proceeding should be remanded 
      to the Rent Administrator for further processing.

      The record discloses that with the exception of a B Form 16A (the City of 
      New York Department of Buildings Certificate of Approval for Oil Burning 
      Installation), all necessary governmental approvals and additional required 









          ADMIN. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: SJR6852/GK430016RO




      documentation (i.e., contract, contractor's certification and cancelled 
      checks) had been submitted during the course of the proceeding before the 
      Administrator.

      The Commissioner is of the opinion that this proceeding should be remanded 
      to the Rent Administrator for further processing.

      The record discloses that with the exception of a B Form 16A (the City of 
      New York Department of Buildings Certificate of Approval for Oil Burning 
      Installation), all necessary governmental approvals and additional required 
      documentation (i.e., contract, contractor's certification and cancelled 
      checks) had been submitted during the course of the proceeding before the 
      Administrator.

      The record further discloses that on November 6, 1992 the owner submitted 
      a copy of the requisite document (which was issued on March 15, 1991) along 
      with the instant PAR.

      In view of the fact that the owner had completed his application on appeal 
      by virtue of submitting the missing B Form 16A, and taking into 
      consideration the size of the subject premises and all factors bearing on 
      the equities involved, the Commissioner deems it appropriate to remand the 
      matter for further consideration.

      Upon remand, the Administrator should investigate the amount of commercial 
      income derived from the subject premises since it appears that the owner 
      maintains a law office on the premises.

      The effective date of any rent increase to which the owner may ultimately 
      be found entitled shall be no earlier than December 1, 1992, the first rent 
      payment date following receipt (November 6, 1992) of the missing 
      certificate.

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

      ORDERED, that this proceeding be, and the same hereby is, remanded to the 
      Rent Administrator for further consideration in accordance with this order 
      and opinion.  The Rent Administrator's order of October 5, 1992 is hereby 
      revoked.

      ISSUED:




                                                                    
                                           JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                           Deputy Commissioner

       
    

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