Docket Number: BE-110018-RT
                                 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.: BE 110018-RT
                                            :  
            ROBERT SAUNDERS,                   DRO DOCKET NO.: AA  110111-OR
                   
                              PETITIONER    : 
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           ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

        On May 5, 1987, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed  a  petition
        for administrative review against an order issued on April 2,  1987,
        by an administrator concerning the housing  accommodation  known  as
        73-16 260 Street, Glen Oaks, New York, Apartment 74B3-1, wherein the 
        Administrator granted the owner's rent restoration application.  

        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.

        On January 31, 1986 the subject owner filed  an  application  for  a
        rent restoration based on the alleged restoration of service in  the
        subject apartment.

        On February 24, 1987 a physical inspection of the subject  apartment
        was carried out by the Division of  Housing  and  Community  Renewal
        (DHCR).  The inspector noted that all  services  complained  of  had
        been restored and based on the inspector's report, the Administrator 
        ordered  a  restoration  of  the  legal  regulated  rent   effective
        September 1, 1986.

        In the  petition  for  administrative  review  the  tenant  requests
        reversal of the Administrator's order asserting that there remains a 
        vermin infestation and that the order is incorrect in that it states 
        that a "toilet sink" was installed.

        The owner responded in substance that all services for  the  subject
        premises were being properly maintained.

        After careful consideration the Commissioner is of the opinion  that
        this petition should be denied.

        Notwithstanding the tenant's  allegation  that  there  is  a  vermin
        infestation, the Commissioner notes that  on  February  24,  1987  a
        physical inspection of the subject  premises  by  a  DHCR  inspector
        indicated that no vermin were present.  Apart from the tenant's  own
        statement there is no  evidence  in  the  record  which  calls  into
        question the validity of the results of the inspection.
        The Commissioner notes that "toilet  sink"  as  it  appears  on  the
        Administrator's order is a typographical error for toilet seat.

        Based  on  a  preponderance  of   the   evidence,   therefore,   the






          Docket Number: BE-110018-RT
        Commissioner finds that the tenant has offered  insufficient  reason
        to disturb the Administrator's order.

        The determination herein is without prejudice to the  right  of  the
        tenant filing an appropriate application for  a  reduction  in  rent
        based upon the owner's subsequent failure to  maintain  services  if
        the facts so warrant.

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

        ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is,  denied  and
        that the Rent Administrator's order  be,  and  the  same  hereby  is
        affirmed as modified to  indicate  that  a  new  "toilet  seat"  was
        installed.

        ISSUED:




                                                                      
                                        ELLIOT SANDER
                                        Deputy Commissioner




                                                   
    

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