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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:                  
                 CATHEDRAL ASSETS, INC.,
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                   PETITIONER     AB430038OR          

          On October 21, 1987, the above-named petitioner-owner filed a 
          petition for administrative review of orders issued on September 
          17, 1987, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 225 West 110th Street, New York, New York, 
          Various apartments, wherein the Administrator determined that the 
          owner's applications for rent restoration should be denied based 
          upon a finding that wall light fixtures adjacent to the elevator 
          have not been replaced.

          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 denied 
          the owner's application for a rent restoration upon a finding that 
          the service in question was not restored.

          On appeal, the petitioner-owner contended that the two wall light 
          fixtures adjacent to the elevator are repeatedly vandalized; that 
          there is sufficient illumination in this area from overhead 
          fluorescent lighting fixtures and that tamper-resistant light 
          fixtures are in the process of being installed.

          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 filed applications to restore the rent of various rent 
          regulated apartments in the subject premises on February 12, 1986, 
          certifying that all repairs which were the subject of the Rent 
          Administrator's reduction order (Docket No. USC0007373 issued 
          January 14, 1986) had been re-stored.


          On February 5, 1987, a staff member conducted an inspection which 
          showed that the wall light fixtures adjacent to the elevator have 
          not been replaced.

          The record is devoid of any evidence showing that the owner had 
          restored the service in question.  The record on appeal contains an 
          affidavit from the superintendent of the subject premises corrobo- 
          rating the owner's statement that the light fixtures are repeatedly 
          vandalized and that he constantly replaces the incandescent light 

          This affidavit, however, does not establish that any repair was 
          made prior to the issuance of the appealed orders.

          Moreover, the petitioner's statements on appeal constitute an 
          admission that the light fixtures were not replaced prior to the 
          issuance of the Rent Administrator's orders.

          Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that the owner has offered 
          insufficient reason to disturb the Rent Administrator's determina- 

          This Order is issued without prejudice to the owner's right to 
          refile appropriate applications for a rent restoration, if the 
          facts so warrant.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent and Evic- 
          tion Regulations for New York City and the Rent Stabilization Law 
          and Code, it is,

          ORDERED, that the owner's petition be, and the same hereby is, 
          denied, and the Rent Administrator's orders be, and the same hereby 
          are, affirmed.


                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Deputy Commissioner



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