ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: BK410198RT



                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                      DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE :  ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO.:              
                                                 BK410198RT
                                              :  
                                                 RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                 DOCKET NO.:
                                                 BC510455S
                                                 
                                                 PREMISES:
                                                 244 East 117th Street
                                                 Apt. 1A
                                                 New York, NY  
               LOUISE ALERT,                                                 
                                                   
                                             
                                                  

                              PETITIONER      : 
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                ORDER AND OPINION REMANDING PROCEEDING ON APPEAL AND
                           REVOKING ADMINISTRATOR'S ORDER

               The above-named tenant filed a timely petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued on November 17, 1987 
          concerning the housing accommodations relating to the above- 
          described docket number.

               The issue in this appeal is whether the 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 issues raised by the administrative appeal.  

               This proceeding was commenced on March 19, 1987 by a rent- 
          stabilized tenant who filed a complaint, asserting that the owner 
          failed to maintain required services in the subject apartment.  The 
          tenant did not seek a rent abatement.
















          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: BK410198RT

               On April 6, 1987, the Division sent a copy of the complaint to 
          the owner who filed an answer advising that "repairs will be done 
          in 10 days."

               An inspection was conducted on August 13, 1987 by a Division 
          staff member who reported that he was told by other tenants in the 
          building that the complaining tenant no longer lives in the subject 
          apartment, and that the present occupant of Apt. # 1A has no 
          complaint. 

               The Administrator terminated the proceeding, based on evidence 
          "that the tenant has vacated subject apartment and the Division is 
          unable to obtain information necessary to process the case."

               In the petition for administrative review, the tenant 
          contended that she has not vacated the subject apartment; and that 
          the complained-of conditions continue to exist.

               After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the 
          opinion that the proceeding should be remanded on appeal and the 
          Administrator's order revoked. 

               The basis of the Administrator's order, the August 13, 1987 
          inspection, is insufficient to terminate this proceeding.  The 
          inspector reported that he merely heard from the other tenants in 
          the building that the complaining tenant had vacated, and that 
          there is no Apt. 1A.  This report is hearsay, not resulting from 
          his own personal observation.  A careful review of the  Division 
          records reveals that the complaining tenant is the registered 
          tenant; and that the complaining tenant from the same address and 
          Apt. 1A filed this petition, thus putting a doubt on the 
          reliability of this inspection.  A credible on-site inspection is 
          required.

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

               ORDERED, that this proceeding be remanded to the Administrator 
          for further processing in accordance with this Order and Opinion, 
          and that the Administrator's order be revoked.

          ISSUED:


                                                                        
                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Deputy Commissioner



                                                    

    

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