BH 610121 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 610121 RO
                                              :  DRO DOCKET NO.ZAH-610106-OI
               GARY TOWERS COMPANY                     

                                PETITIONER    : 

               On August 17, 1987, the above-named petitioner-owner filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order issued on August 
          6, 1987, by the Rent Administrator, 92-31 Union Hall Street, 
          Jamaica, New York, concerning the housing accommodations known as 
          3123 Bailey Avenue, Bronx, New York, Apartment No. 1H.

          The Administrative Appeal is being determined pursuant to the 
          provisions of Section 2522.4 of the Rent Stabilization Code.

          The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator's order 
          was warranted.

          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 Rent ADministrator's order, appealed herein, denied the 
          owner's application, filed in August, 1986, for a $5.00 rent 
          increase for a protruding air conditioner installed without the 
          owner's consent.  The owner conceded in its application that the 
          tenant had now removed the air conditioner so that it no longer 
          protruded, but contended that the tenant remains obligated to pay 
          the $5.00 rent increase due to the initial installation.  In 
          response to the owner's application, the tenant had stated that he 
          had removed the air conditioner from the window.  An inspection 
          conducted at the subject apartment on June 19, 1987, disclosed 
          that the air conditioner was now mounted in a sleeve and was not 
          protruding beyond the window line.

          In this petition, the owner alleges in substance that even 
          though the tenant may have removed the protruding air conditioner, 
          the owner is still entitled to a permanent $5.00 rent increase 
          since at one time the tenant did have a protruding air 

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should 
          be denied.

          BH 610121 RO

          The evidence of record discloses that the tenant removed his 
          protruding air conditioner even before the owner filed its rent 
          increase application due to such protrusion and has not 
          reinstalled a protruding air conditioner as evidenced by a 
          physical inspection.  In such circumstances, the owner was not 
          entitled to a rent increase due to the existence of a protruding 
          air conditioner and the Rent Administrator's order to that effect 
          was therefore warranted.

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

          ORDERED, that this petition for administrative review be, and 
          the same hereby is, denied, and, that the order of the Rent 
          Administrator be, and the same hereby is, affirmed.


                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Deputy Commissioner


          BH 610121 RO


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