GD 510161 RO
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO. GD 510161 RO

               DuPont Associates                  DISTRICT RENT OFFICE
               c/o Shaw & Binder,                 DOCKET NO. ZED 410204-R



          On April 21, 1992 the above-named petitioner filed an appeal 
          against an order issued on March 17, 1992 by the Rent Administrator
          of the Rent Office located at 92-31 Union Hall Street, Jamaica, 
          New York concerning the housing accommodations known as 305 West 
          45th Street, New York, New York, Apt. 6M, wherein the Administrator 
          determined that the tenant had been overcharged.

          On March 20, 1992, the tenant filed a request for reconsideration 
          of the Administrator's order.  On May 20, 1992 the proceeding was 
          reopened by the Administrator, under Docket No. GE 510011 RK,  in 
          order to correct errors in calculation, and to take into account 
          the impact of the revocation of MCI Order # ZAK-430193-OM and the 
          issuance of a service reduction order (Docket No. ZBD-410115-B) on 
          the lawful rent.

          On April 23, 1992, during the pendency of the aforementioned 
          reconsideration proceeding, the owner filed the instant petition 
          for administrative review contending, among other things, that 
          errors exist in the calculation of the legal regulated rent, and 
          that the hypertechnical nature of the "de minimus" overcharge 
          precludes the imposition of treble damages upon the owner.

          The tenant's representative submitted an answer which addressed the 
          owner's arguments on the merits, but also asserted that it would be 
          premature for the administrative appeal to proceed in light of the 
          pending reconsideration.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this proceeding should be 

          GD 510161 RO

          remanded to the Rent Administrator for consideration of the owner's 
          arguments in its petition for administrative review, and the 
          tenant's answer thereto, in conjunction with the reconsideration 
          under Docket No. GE 510011 RK.

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

          ORDERED, that this appeal be and the same hereby is granted to the 
          extent of remanding this proceeding to the Rent Administrator for 
          further processing in accordance with this order and opinion.  The 
          order and determination of the Rent Administrator remains in full 
          force and effect until a new order is issued upon remand.  However, 
          if the Rent Administrator's order retroactively adjusted the rent 
          and directed a refund of monies between the parties, so much of the 
          Rent Administrator's order as directed such refund is hereby stayed 
          until a new order is issued upon remand.  


                                             Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                             Acting Deputy Commissioner


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