GE 110137 RT



                                  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 110137 RT

                                                DRO DOCKET NO.: DC 130095 RV

                     USHA TANEJA,                                            
                                                PREMISES:  39-06 63RD STREET
                                                           APT. 2C 
                                                           WOODSIDE, NEW YORK
                                   PETITIONER    
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             ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


          On May 15, 1992, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a Petition 
          for Administrative Review against an order issued on April 17, 
          1992, by a Rent Administrator, concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 39-06 63rd Street, Woodside, New York, 
          Apartment No. 2C, wherein the Rent Administrator determined to 
          dismiss the tenant's complaint of the owner's failure to renew to 
          lease because the tenant failed to respond to the Division of 
          Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) request for information.

          The Administrative Appeal is being determined pursuant to the 
          provisions of Section 2526.1 of the Rent Stabilization Code.

          The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator's order was 
          warranted.

          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.  

          This proceeding was originally commenced by the filing of a  
          complaint by the tenant on March 20, 1989 that the owner had failed 
          to offer the tenant a renewal lease within the period prescribed by 
          law.  The tenant also mentioned that the appeal of an order 
          awarding overcharges to the tenant was still pending.


          The tenant took occupancy of the subject premises on April 1, 1981 
          at a rent of $275.00 per month under the Section 8 Program as 
          administered by the New York City Housing Authority. 

          In the order appealed herein, issued on April 17, 1992, the Rent 
          Administrator dismissed the tenant's complaint of lease renewal 
          because the tenant had failed to respond to the Administrator's 
          request for information.  The order was issued without prejudice to 







          GE 110137 RT

          the pending proceedings for rent "restoration" under Docket Numbers 
          CA 110248 RO and CL 110162 RO.

          In her petition, the tenant protests the dismissal of the complaint 
          without resolving the issue of rent overcharges, and states that 
          she is still waiting for her refund of such rent overcharges, plus 
          interest.

          The owner's answer was also exclusively concerned with the matter 
          of rent overcharges.

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

          The sole issue raised by the tenant in her petition is the 
          dismissal of the instant proceeding without resolving the issue of 
          the lawful rent, as was originally raised by the tenant when she 
          filed a fair market rent appeal.  However, as specifically noted in 
          the order under review herein, the lawful rent issue has been 
          reviewed by the Commissioner in a separate appellate proceeding.  
          On September 18, 1992, the Commissioner issued an Order and Opinion 
          under Docket Number CA 110248 RO, wherein the tenant's fair market 
          rent appeal was remanded to the Rent Administrator for a new 
          determination.  The tenant will be advised of the status of this 
          proceeding separately, and has lost no rights to the remedies due 
          her, if any, by the dismissal of the instant case.  The other 
          appellate proceeding, under Docket Number CL 110162 RO, concerns a 
          rent reduction for service violations, and is awaiting review by 
          the Commissioner.  This opinion is also issued without prejudice to 
          the tenant's rights in that case.

          It is also noted that the tenant remains eligible for all 
          protection vouchsafed under the RSC even though she does not at 
          present have a lease.

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

          ORDERED, that the tenant's petition be, and the same hereby is, 
          denied, and that the Administrator's order be, and the same hereby 
          is, affirmed.

          ISSUED

                                                                           
                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Acting Deputy Commissioner

    

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