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

          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO. DC410407RT
                                              :  DRO DOCKET NO.54677
               CATALINA MEYER  

                                PETITIONER    : 

               On February 23, 1989, the above-named petitioner-tenant timely 
          refiled a Petition for Administrative Review against an order issued 
          on December 29, 1988, by the Rent Administrator, 10 Columbus Circle, 
          New York, New York, concerning the housing accommodations known as 
          100 Central Park South, New York, New York, Apartment No. 13A 
          wherein the Rent Administrator determined that the tenant's 
          complaint should be dismissed because it was not timely filed.  The 
          tenant incorrectly attached a copy of another Rent Administrator's 
          order to the refiled petition - docket 54092 issued on August 31, 
          1988.  The tenant had attached the correct Rent Administrator's 
          order to her original petition - docket 54677 issued on December 29, 

               The Administrative Appeal is being determined pursuant to the 
          provisions of Section 2528.2 of the Rent Stabilization Code.

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

               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 on February 27, 1985 
          by the filing of a tenant's objection to registration in which the 
          tenant stated inter alia that the apartment had not been registered 
          by the owner.  The owner was served with a copy of the tenant's 
          complaint but not directed to submit proof of service of the 
          apartment registration on the tenant.

               In Docket Number 54677, the Rent Administrator dismissed the 
          tenant's objection on the basis that it was not filed within ninety 
          days of the date of service of the apartment registration.

               In this petition, the tenant alleges in substance that she "did 
          not receive a proper registration". 

               In answer to the tenant's petition, the owner stated inter alia 
          that the petition should be dismissed as untimely because the Rent 


          Administrator's order attached to the petition was dated August 31, 

               The Commissioner is of the opinion that this proceeding should 
          be remanded to determine whether the tenant was properly served with 
          the apartment registration.

               At the outset, the Commissioner is of the opinion that the 
          tenant's petition was timely filed in that it was originally filed 
          within 35 days of the issuance of the Rent Administrator's order and 
          timely refiled after the original petition was rejected.  The fact 
          that an incorrect order was attached to the refiled petition does 
          not establish that the refiled petition was not timely.

               Turning to the merits, pursuant to Sections 2522.3(c)(2), 
          2526.1(a)(2)(ii), and 2528.2(d) of the Rent Stabilization Code, a 
          tenant must file a challenge to the initial apartment registration 
          (overcharge complaint or fair market rent appeal) within 90 days of 
          service of the registration form on the tenant by certified mail.  
          Section 2528.2(d) further provides that for registrations served 
          prior to the effective date of that section, any method of service 
          permitted by the DHCR at the time of service shall be deemed to have 
          the same effect as service by certified mailing.

               The Division's instructions for service of the initial 
          apartment registration on the tenant by the owner provided for hand 
          delivery of the envelope with signed receipt, use of the Post Office 
          "Carrier Route Pre-Sort" Service through a bonded mailing house as 
          evidenced by the Post Office date-certification of the number of 
          pieces received from the mailing house for each building and the 
          mailing house addressee list or regular first class mail documented 
          by Post Office form #P.O. 3877.

               DHCR instructions further provide that the proof(s) of receipt, 
          properly signed and dated (by the tenant, post office, and the 
          mailing house, as appropriate) would be considered adequate by the 
          DHCR to establish the tenant's 90 day challenge period, which would 
          begin on the date of receipt.

               In the instant case, the owner was not given an opportunity to 
          submit proof of any of the above methods of service on the tenant.  
          It was error for the Rent Administrator to decide that the tenant 
          was properly served with the apartment registration without such 
          proof.  Accordingly, this proceeding is being remanded to afford the 
          owner the opportunity to submit the aforementioned proof of service 
          of the apartment registration on the tenant and to allow the tenant 
          to comment on any proof submitted by the owner.  


               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. 


                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Deputy Commissioner



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