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. CG210106RT
                                              :  DRO DOCKET NO. 57438
               WILLIAM AND ROSE SLUTSKY

                                PETITIONERS   : 
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                   ORDER AND OPINION REMANDING PROCEEDING ON APPEAL


               On July 1, 1988, the above-named petitioner-tenants filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order issued on June 
          24, 1988, by the Rent Administrator, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, 
          New York, concerning the housing accommodations known as 2245 East 
          19th Street, Brooklyn, New York, Apartment No. 5J, wherein the Rent 
          Administrator determined that the tenants had not been overcharged.

               The Administrative Appeal is being determined pursuant to the 
          provisions of Section 26 of the former Rent Stabilization Code and 
          Section 2522.3 of the current 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 tenants' filing 
          of an Objection to Rent in May 1985.  In such Objection, the tenants 
          stated in substance that they first moved to the subject apartment 
          on January 1, 1985 at a rental of $470.00 per month.

               In answer to the Tenants' Objection, the owner stated in 
          substance that the tenants herein were the first stabilized tenants 
          after the subject apartment had been vacancy decontrolled from the 
          Rent Control Law.  

               Subsequently, a copy of the tenants' initial lease was 
          submitted.  Such lease included the clause "Tenant acknowledges 
          receipt of CAB notice form DC-2".

               In Order Number 57438, the Rent Administrator on the basis of 
          the rental history from January 1, 1985, determined that no rent 
          overcharge had occurred and that the tenants had conceded that they 
          had received a copy of the DC-2 Notice along with their initial 
          lease.

               In this petition, the tenants allege in substance that they 












          never received a copy of the DC-2 Notice despite the clause to that 
          effect in their initial lease.

               The Commissioner is of the opinion that this proceeding should 
          be remanded to treat the tenants' objection as a fair market rent 
          appeal filed subsequent to April 1, 1984.

               Section 26 of the former Rent Stabilization Code provides in 
          pertinent part that all tenants who are entitled to file a fair 
          market rent appeal shall be entitled to receive notice of such rent 
          together with a statement as to the right of appeal (DC-2 Notice).  
          Such notice shall be served by the owner upon every such tenant by 
          certified mail.  Section 25B of the former Rent Stabilization Code 
          provides in pertinent part that a fair market rent appeal must be 
          filed within ninety (90) days after the tenant receives the DC-2 
          notice.  Further the Court of Appeals in Alcoma Corp. v. New York 
          State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, (79 N.Y. 2d 834, 
          1992), found that the DHCR interpretation of Sections 25B and 26 
          requiring service of the DC-2 notice by certified mail before the 90 
          limitation period for filing a fair market rent appeal commences to 
          run to be reasonable and rational.

               Section 2522.3(a) of the current Rent Stabilization Code 
          provides in pertinent part that where the first tenant taking 
          occupancy after December 31, 1973, of a housing accommodation 
          previously subject to the City Rent Law, was served with the notice 
          required by section 26 of the former Rent Stabilization Code, the 
          time within which such tenant may file a Fair Market Rent Appeal is 
          limited to 90 days after such notice was mailed to the tenant by the 
          owner by certified mail.

               In the instant case, the evidence of record does not disclose 
          that the owner served the DC-2 notice by certified mail as the Rent 
          Stabilization Code mandates and as upheld by the Court of Appeals.  
          Moreover, the tenant has denied having been served with the DC-2 
          notice in the manner the owner alleges.  Accordingly, this 
          proceeding must be remanded to treat the tenants' objection as a 
          fair market rent appeal on the merits filed subsequent to April 1, 
          1984.  All parties are to be notified and given a chance to submit 
          evidence in such remanded proceeding.

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

               ORDERED, that this petition for administrative review 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. 

          ISSUED
                                                                        
                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Deputy Commissioner






                     




































    

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