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

          APPEAL OF                            DOCKET NO.: BL 210108 RO

                                               RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
             Sander Hirth,                     DOCKET NO.: BC 210068 OR



          On December 4,  1987,  the  above-named  owner's  agent  filed  a
          petition for administrative review of an order issued on November 
          2,  1987  by  a  Rent  Administrator   concerning   the   housing
          accommodations known as Apt. 1F, 1111 East 15th Street, Brooklyn, 
          New York.

          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 petition for review.

          This proceeding was commenced by the filing of an application  by
          the tenant on December 12, 1985 for a reduction in rent based  on
          the  owner's  failure  to  maintain  services  in   the   subject

          A rent agency inspection revealed  several  service  diminutions.
          On August 14, 1986 the  District  Rent  Administrator  issued  an
          order (under Docket No. ZK 003823-S) in which it  was  determined
          that services decreases had occurred in the subject apartment and 
          reduced the rent to the level in effect prior to the most  recent
          guideline adjustment effective April 1, 1986.

          On  March  26,  1987  the  owner  filed  an  application  for   a
          restoration of the rent for the subject apartment  based  on  his
          assertion that all services for which the rent had  been  reduced
          were restored.

          On August 27, 1987 a rent agency inspection revealed that all six 
          of  the  apartment's  windows  were  loose  and,  needed  weather
          stripping  and  that  the  window  locks  were  defective.    The
          inspection further revealed that the apartment's walls were smoke 
          stained due to fumes coming from the building's heating unit.

          On November 2, 1987, the Rent Administrator issued the order here 
          under review in which the owner's  rent  restoration  application
          was denied.

          In his petition the owner, by his agent, asserts that new windows 
          were installed building-wide in October 1987.  The owner's  agent
          further asserts that he spoke with the subject tenant on November 

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          11, 1987 and that the tenant informed him that the walls  in  the
          subject apartment were not smoke stained.

          In her response the  tenant  asserts,  in  substance  that  fumes
          continue to come into her apartment.  

          After careful consideration the Commissioner is  of  the  opinion
          that this petition for administrative review should be denied.

          The Commissioner notes that although the  owner's  agent  asserts
          that new windows were installed just prior to the issuance of the 
          order herein appealed,  the  owner  failed  to  advise  the  Rent
          Administrator of this while the  proceeding  was  pending  below.
          Further, although the owner's  agent  contends  that  the  tenant
          informed him that the subject apartment's walls  were  not  smoke
          stained, in answer the tenant  asserts  otherwise  and  the  rent
          agency inspection revealed smoke-stained walls.  Accordingly, the 
          Commissioner finds that the  Administrator's  order  was  correct
          when issued. 

          The  Commissioner  notes  that  on  June  17,   1991   the   Rent
          Administrator issued an order under  Docket  No.  EL  210138  OR,
          restoring the rent.

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

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


                                                       ELLIOT SANDER
                                                       Deputy Commissioner

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