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

          APPEAL OF                             DOCKET NO.: BA110207RT
                                                RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                  EUGENE SPIVAC,                DOCKET NO.: QS000247OR



               On January 5, 1987, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a 
          petition for administrative review of an order issued on December 
          26, 1986, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 260-22 73rd Avenue, Glen Oaks, N.Y., Apt. 
          83G13-2, wherein the Administrator determined that the owner's 
          application to restore the rent, which was filed on September 3, 
          1985, should be granted in whole in the amount of $23.20 per month, 
          effective September 1, 1985.  The order was based upon the evidence 
          in the file including an inspection of the subject apartment, held 
          on November 29, 1985, which showed that services were restored.

               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.

               The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator properly 
          ordered restoration of the rent, effective September 1, 1985.

               On appeal, the petitioner-tenant asserted that the Rent 
          Administrator erred by restoring the rent for refrigerator service, 
          effective September 1, 1985, because the owner replaced the 
          refrigerator in April, 1986, nine months after the Rent 
          Administrator's restoration date.

               After a careful consideration of the entire evidence of record 
          the Commissioner is of the opinion that the administrative appeal 
          should be denied.

               The owner commenced this proceeding by filing an Application 
          for Rent Restoration on September 3, 1985 stating that services for 
          which a rent reduction order had been issued by the Rent 
          Administrator under Docket No. 77025P had been restored.


               A review of the reduction order reveals that the rent was 
          reduced based upon a showing of peeling paint on the window sills 
          and squirrels in the attic.  No reduction in rent, however, was 
          issued for a defective refrigerator.

               The petitioner's argument relating to an incorrect rent 
          restoration date for restoration of refrigerator services is 
          inapposite and misapplied.

               A review of the file shows that the rent restoration order 
          dealt solely and properly with the owner's restoration of window 
          services and the elimination of the squirrel problem.

               The petitioner's claims on appeal, as they pertain to the Rent 
          Administrator's date of rent restoration, constitute an 
          impermissible collateral attack on the underlying rent reduction 

               Inasmuch as the tenant did not appeal the reduction order, he 
          can not raise those issues in this rent restoration proceeding.  

               The Commissioner notes that the tenant, on appeal, did not 
          deny that the window sills were repaired and admitted to the DHCR 
          inspector that squirrels were no longer a problem.

               Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that the Rent 
          Administrator properly restored the rent for the subject apartment, 
          effective September 1, 1985 and that the order under review is 
               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, it 

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



                                                  Joseph A. D'Agosta         
                                                  Deputy Commissioner       

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