BH 410347-RO
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:   
                                                  BH 410347-RO               
                SULZBERGER-ROLFE, INC.,                
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S      
                                                  DOCKET NO.: 
                                  PETITIONER      044984  


          On August 14, 1987, the above-named petitioner-owner filed a 
          petition for administrative review of an order issued on July 13, 
          1987, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing accommoda- 
          tion known as 230 West 79th Street, New York, New York, Apt. 84, 
          wherein the Administrator determined that due to the owner's 
          failure to respond, the factual allegation of the tenant's objec- 
          tion is deemed admitted and that the owner provides electricity, 
          which is included in the rent.  The registration was amended to 
          reflect this fact.

          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 deter- 
          mined that electricity service must be provided by the owner and 
          whether the registration statement was properly amended to reflect 
          this service.

          On appeal, the petitioner-owner asserted that the Rent Adminis- 
          trator failed to consider a prior DHCR order (No. CDR 00731 issued 
          September 10, 1984), which granted the owner permission to convert, 
          the entire building, including the subject tenant's apartment, to 
          individual electric metering on the condition that the tenants 
          receive a concomitant and commensurate rent reduction. The peti- 
          tioner further asserted that to allow the Rent Administrator's 
          order of July 13, 1987 to stand would be grossly inequitable.

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

          BH 410347-RO

          On September 17, 1984, the tenant filed a timely objection to the 
          1984 Apartment/Building Services Registration, stating that 
          electricity service, which was omitted from the registration is 
          provided by the owner.

          A notice was mailed to the owner, on June 9, 1987, which afforded 
          the owner an opportunity to answer the attached tenant's objection 
          to the registration.  The record reveals, however, that the owner 
          did not file an answer in response to the notice.

          Be that as it may, it is fundamental that the Rent Administrator is 
          deemed to be on notice of all records in his possession and that an 
          administrative policy of stare decisis is followed by the DHCR.

          This doctrine states, in essence, that once a principle or decision 
          has been laid down as applicable to a certain state of facts, that 
          principle or decision will be adhered to and applied to all future 
          cases, where the facts are substantially the same.

          The Commissioner notes that the petitioner appended Rent Adminis- 
          trative Order No. CDR 00731 to its appeal and it substantiates the 
          owner's allegations.

          Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that no evidence has been 
          adduced by the tenant to disturb the settled point and that 
          consequently, the Rent Administrator erred by including electricity 
          service in the amended registration statement.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent Stabiliza- 
          tion Law and Code, it is

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is granted and 
          that the Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is revoked. 
          The registration statement should be amended to reflect the dele- 
          tion of electricity service.


                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner

          BH 410347-RO


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