ART 12908 B
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: ART 12908 B
          NEVILLE DICKS                           RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: 74565 OR

               On August 18, 1986 the above named petitioner-tenant filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued July 15, 1986 concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as Apt. 1C located at 724 East 216th Street, 
          Bronx, N.Y.  The Administrator issued an order granting the owner's 
          application for rent restoration.

               This Commissioner has reviewed the record and carefully 
          considered that portion relevant to the issues contained in this 
          administrative appeal.

               The owner commenced this proceeding on May 1, 1985 by filing 
          an application to restore rent.  In that application the owner 
          stated that it had restored services for which a rent reduction 
          order had been issued on March 22, 1984 (see Docket No. 74565 P).  
          The tenant was served with a copy of the application and afforded 
          an opportunity to respond.  No response was received.

               On July 15, 1986 the Administrator issued the order here under 
          review.  Based on a review of the evidence in the record the 
          Administrator granted the application.  Rent restoration was 
          ordered in the amount of $38.50 per month effective June 1, 1985.

               On appeal the tenant states that he did respond to the 
          application, that the repairs to his apartment were not completed 
          and that the Administrator erred in choosing June 1, 1985 as the 
          effective date for rent restoration.  The tenant attached three 
          photographs to the petition, which are offered to show that repairs 
          still had not been completed.  The owner did not file an answer to 
          the petition for administrative review.

               After careful consideration of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be denied.

          ART 12908 B

               The Commissioner finds that the tenant has not submitted 
          sufficient evidence to rebut the Administrator's finding that 
          services have been restored.  He did not submit a copy of the 
          answer allegedly sent to the Administrator or any proof that such 
          an answer was sent to or received by the Division.  Since the scope 
          of review in administrative appeals is limited to a review of facts 
          or evidence that was before the Administrator, the photographs 
          included with the petition may not be considered by the 
          Commissioner.  Furthermore, a review of the record reveals that the 
          Administrator properly chose June 1, 1985 as the effective date for 
          rent restoration.  If the the owner is not maintaining services, 
          the tenant's remedy is to file a new complaint with the DHCR.  The 
          order here under review is affirmed.
               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code it 

               ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, denied 
          and that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 


                                         JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                         Deputy Commissioner

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