ADM. APPEAL DOCKET NOS.: GE920292RO & GE920293RO
                                  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 APPEAL
          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NOS.: GE920292RO, 
                                                               GE920293RO
                                                  
                                                  D.R.O. DOCKET NOS.:
                                                  FL910076, FL910077RO
                   ANTONIO RICHICHI               
           
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

               These petitions have been consolidated as they involve common 
          issues of law and fact.  The above named petitioner filed timely 
          Petitions for Administrative Review against orders issued on April 
          3, 1992 by the District Rent Administrator, 55 Church Street, White 
          Plains, New York, concerning housing accommodations known as 73 
          Wildey Street, Apts. Basement, 3W, Tarrytown, New York.

               The issue in this proceeding is whether the District 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.

               These proceedings were commenced on December 10, 1991 by the 
          tenants filing of a rent overcharge complaint.

               On April 3, 1992 the District Rent Administrator issued orders 
          numbered FL9100786R and FL910077R finding that an overcharge had 
          occurred.

               On appeal the owner states, in substance that in 1984 the 
          Village of Tarrytown adopted the ETPA.  At that time a survey was 
          done of the buildings in the community and the above premises was 
          not listed as a six unit or more building.  In fact, the building 
          contains five units and is so assessed by the municipality.  In 
          addition, the owner states that in a notice dated January 24, 1992, 
          to the petitioner from the District Rent Administrator claiming 
















          ADM. APPEAL DOCKET NOS.: GE920292RO & GE920293RO

          that a check of the agency records reveals that the building 
          contains 7 units.  This is absolutely inaccurate information and 
          the owner requests at this time that an Inspector from the Division 
          visit the premises to settle this issued once and for all.

               After a careful consideration of the entire evidence of the 
          record, the Commissioner is of the opinion that the appeal should 
          be denied.

               On several occasions the Division has requested from the owner 
          to submit proof of his claim that the building contains five units 
          as so assessed by the Municipality of Tarrytown.  The owner has 
          failed to submit documentary evidence to the Division.

               The Commissioner notes that in the Notice dated January 24, 
          1992, it stated,that an inspection was conducted by a member of the 
          staff.  The inspection revealed that the subject premises contained 
          seven (7) units.  The seven (7) units consist of 2 basement 
          apartments and four (4) other apartments from the 1st through the 
          3rd floors.

               The Commissioner notes that the owner raises in his petition 
          a dispute between him and the tenant of the basement apartment 
          regarding personal belongings of the tenant which the owner alleges 
          was entrusted in his care.  The Commissioner finds this matter to 
          be irrelevant in this proceeding.

               THEREFORE, in accordance with the Tenant Protection 
          Regulations and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act, it is 

               ORDERED, that these administrative appeals be and the same 
          hereby are denied, and that the orders of the Rent Administrator 
          be, and the same hereby are, affirmed.

          ISSUED:




                                                                      
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner 
    

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