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

          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO.:              
                                                 BI - 210208 - RO
                                                 RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S    
                                                 DOCKET NO.:                 

                              PETITIONER      : 


               On September 9, 1987, the above-named petitioner-owner filed 
          an Administrative Appeal against an order issued on August 31, 
          1987, by the Rent Administrator, 92-31 Union Hall Street, Jamaica, 
          New York, concerning the housing accommodations known as 222 East 
          17th Street, New York, N.Y., Apt. 4 - J.

               The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator properly 
          determined the services the owner is obligated to and does provide 
          to the tenant of the subject apartment and whether the registration 
          statement was properly amended to reflect those services.

               The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in the 
          record and has carefully considered that portion of the record 
          relevant to the issues raised by the administrative appeal.  

               On August 22, 1984, the tenant commenced the original 
          proceeding by filing with the Division a tenant's objection form to 
          the services registration statement filed by the owner.  The tenant 
          alleged that the owner did not include therein a number of 
          apartment services.  Specifically, the tenant stated that the owner 
          omitted dishwasher and room air-conditioner services.  An 
          overcharge complaint was also included in the tenant's objection.

          ADM. APPEAL DOCKET NO. BI - 210208 - RO

               The Rent Administrator's order, appealed herein, determined, 
          inter alia, that the owner failed to refute the tenant's 
          allegations concerning the dishwasher and air-conditioner and that, 
          therefore, said allegations are deemed correct.  The order further 
          stated that, based upon information in the record, it is also 
          determined that the owner provides dishwasher and air-conditioner 
          services and the registration was amended to reflect these facts.  
               On appeal, the petitioner-owner asserted that it does not 
          provide dishwasher or air-conditioner services to the tenant and 
          submitted a lease for the subject apartment to prove it. 

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

               Section 2528.2 of the Rent Stabilization Code requires an 
          owner to include in the initial registration statement "all 
          services provided for in the last lease or rental agreement, 
          provided or required to be provided on the applicable base date, or 

               A review of the file reveals that the Rent Administrator 
          mailed a copy of the tenant's objection to the owner on May 9, 1986 
          and July 17, 1986.   

               The Commissioner notes that these notices were mailed to 
          different names and addresses than those shown on the subject 
          petition for the owner.

               However, despite this fact, the record clearly shows that the 
          owner was a full participant in the proceeding below under the name 
          and address, BEE GEE EXCELSIOR MANAGEMENT, INC., 777 East 31st 
          Street, Brooklyn, New York; which is the exact owner name and 
          address specified in the petition.

               It is apparent that the owner did not refute that part of the 
          tenant's objection dealing with dishwasher and room air-conditioner 
          services.  Rather, the owner merely contested the tenant's 
          overcharge claims. 

               Since the scope of review in administrative appeals is limited 
          to a review of the facts or evidence before the Administrator, the 
          lease for the subject apartment, (demonstrating the omission of 
          dishwasher and room air-conditioner services) submitted by the 
          owner for the first time with the petition may not be considered, 
          in the absence of any explanation for the failure to submit this 
          evidence before the issuance of the Administrator's order.

               The Commissioner finds, therefore, that the Rent Administrator 
          properly determined the services the owner is obligated to provide 

          ADM. APPEAL DOCKET NO. BI - 210208 - RO

          to the tenant based upon the owner's failure to refute the tenant's 
          service objections below and further that the Rent Administrator 
          properly amended the registration statement to reflect those facts. 

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

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


                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Acting Deputy Commissioner



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