New York State
Division of Housing and Community Renewal
Office of Rent Administration
Gertz Plaza, 92-31 Union Hall St.
Jamaica, New York 11433
Public Information: (718)739-6400
POLICY STATEMENT (91-5)
LIMITATIONS ON FILING REQUESTS FOR RECONSIDERATION
OF ORDERS ISSUED BY RENT ADMINISTRATORS AND/OR THE COMMISSIONER
This policy statement is being issued to clarify and conform
DHCR's policies with respect to requests for reconsideration of
rent administrator's orders and determinations of Petitions for
Administrative Review under all rent laws administered by the
The laws provide for appeal of a rent administrator's order
through the timely filing of a Petition for Administrative Review
(PAR). Petitions for Administrative Review must be filed with
the DHCR within 35 days of the issue date of the rent
administrator's order. A PAR determination, which is a final
order of the Commissioner, may be appealed by petitioning the
court for judicial review, as provided in Article 78 of the Civil
Practice Law and Rules, within 60 days of the issue date of the
The laws and regulations also permit the DHCR to reconsider a
case on application of either party to a proceeding, or on its
own initiative and upon notice to all affected parties where the
DHCR finds that such order was the result of fraud, illegality or
irregularity in a vital matter. However, issues not previously
raised in the proceeding will not be entertained on
reconsideration except to the extent that the issue constitutes
new evidence not previously available.
In order to clarify and standardize procedures and time
limitations for requests for reconsideration of DHCR orders
issued under the four rent regulatory laws, the DHCR is adopting
the following policy:
Requests for reconsideration of an order issued by a rent
administrator based on an irregularity in a vital matter must be
served on the DHCR within 95 days of the issue date of the order.
Requests for reconsideration under this circumstance received
more than 95 days from the issue date of the order will
automatically be denied unless the requester can substantiate an
inability to have made the request within the prescribed time
period. For example, if the DHCR did not properly serve the
order on the affected party within that time period, or new
evidence was discovered which could not have been obtained
earlier. The request for reconsideration must also contain
sufficient evidence to substantiate the irregularity in a vital
matter which affected the determination.
Requests for reconsideration of a Commissioner's order based on
an irregularity in a vital matter must be made within 60 days of
the issue date of the order unless the requester can substantiate
why he or she could not reasonably have been expected to have
made the request within the prescribed time period.
Requests for reconsideration of orders, issued by rent
administrators or the Commissioner, based on fraud or illegality
are not time limited. However, the requesting party must specify
the facts and supply documentation as to what constituted the
fraud or the illegality.
A request for reconsideration can not be granted on any grounds
if a party has commenced an Article 78 proceeding to determine
the merits of the Commissioner's order, or if a judgment has been
filed for collection of the award granted in the subject order.
Fraud, illegality and irregularity in a vital matter are defined
Fraud - False or misleading information which was known by a
party to be false or misleading and which was relied upon as fact
by the DHCR and affected the Rent Administrator's or
Illegality - An action by DHCR which is contrary to the
principles of law representing a complete defect in the
Irregularity in a vital matter - Failure by the agency to
accurately calculate the rent or penalty, or to comply with
established rules of practice and procedure.
When a request for reconsideration is granted, the case is
reopened and the agency may order a stay of the prior order. If
a stay is ordered, the conditions will be specified on the notice
of proceeding or order reopening the case, which notice or order
will be served on all parties to the prior order.
The grant or denial of a request for reconsideration is not
subject to appeal within the agency. An order issued upon
reconsideration, which modifies the substance of a prior order,
has the effect of revoking the prior order to the extent that it
is modified. The issue date and the effective date are as of the
issuance of the new order. Therefore, a party may petition for
administrative or judicial review, depending on whether the new
order is issued by a rent administrator or the Commissioner, even
if the time limit for appealing from the old order has expired.
When an order issued after a reconsideration merely corrects a
prior order in a non-substantive area based on a typographical or
clerical error, the issue date and effective date will remain as
stated on the prior order.
A request for reconsideration does not stay the running of the
PAR or Article 78 filing time limitations. Therefore, a request
for reconsideration does not substitute for the filing of a PAR
or Article 78 proceeding.
September 5, l991
Elliot G. Sander
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issued) by the New York State Division of Housing and Community
Renewal (DHCR) and represent **official** policy of the agency.
The agency is generally obligated to follow the policy contained
in these and other documents or provide a rational for deviation;
failure to follow the law, policy or practice may form the basis
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of DHCR policy. The reader is advised to obtain true copies of
these documents from DHCR. Also see DHCR Advisory Opinions,
DHCR Operational Bulletins, the Rent Stabilization Code, the Rent
Stabilization Law and various Rent Control Statutes.
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For more information or assistance. call the DHCR Rent Infoline
at (718) 739-6400, or visit your Borough Rent Office.
Queens Central Office
92-31 Union Hall St. 4th Fl.
Jamaica, NY 11433
One Fordham Plaza
Bronx, NY 10458
250 Schermerhorn St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
156 William Street
NY, NY 10038
(212) 240-6011, 6012
South side of 110th St. and below
163 W. 125th St.
NY, NY 10027
North side of 110th St. and above
350 St. Mark's Place
Staten island, NY 10301
Nassau County District Rent Office
50 Clinton Street, 6th Floor
Hempstead, NY 11550
Westchester County District Rent Office
55 Church Street, 3rd Floor
White Plains, NY 10601
Rockland County District Rent Office
94-96 North Main St.
Spring Valley, NY 10977
Albany Regional Office
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
Buffalo Regional Office
Ellicot Square Building
295 Main St., Room 438
Buffalo, NY 14203