BH610354RO;  BH610301RO
                                    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
          APPEALS OF                              DOCKET NOS.:
                                                  BH610354RO   
                                                  BH610301RO  
                   CHARLES WAXMAN,
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                   PETITIONER     AL610019OR
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          ORDER AND OPINION TERMINATING PETITIONS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                       AS MOOT


          On August 19, 1987, the above-named petitioner-owner filed a peti- 
          tion for administrative review (PAR) of an order issued on July 21, 
          1987, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing accommo- 
          dation known as 16 Elliot Place, Bronx, New York, Apartment 5-J, 
          wherein the Administrator denied the owner's application to restore 
          rent previously reduced per Docket No. BS003976S in an order dated 
          July 18, 1986.

          The Administrator reduced the tenant's rent based on a finding that 
          the owner had failed to maintain various services, including, in 
          pertinent part, that the bell and buzzer system was defective, and 
          that the bathtub faucet had a leak in the base.

          The challenged order, dated July 21, 1987, denied the owner's rent 
          restoration application based on the results of an inspection 
          conducted on May 14, 1987, which disclosed that the bell and buzzer 
          system was not in operation and that there was a leak in the 
          bathtub hot water faucet.  Other conditions that gave rise to the 
          rent reduction were found to have been corrected.

          On appeal, the owner reiterated prior assertions that the bell and 
          buzzer had not been in operation for thirty years, and also pointed 
          to invoices previously submitted detailing various repairs.
           















          BH610354RO;  BH610301RO

          The owner's PAR avers that the owner served the tenant on August 
          19, 1987.  DHCR's then procedures permitted service of the PAR by 
          the party seeking administrative review.

          Division records also reveal an order dated April 6, 1987, wherein 
          the Commissioner granted the owner's appeal per Docket No. 
          ARL12000B of the underlying rent reduction order, to the extent of 
          remanding the proceedings to the Administrator to first ascertain
          if the bell and buzzer system was a required service before 
          directing the owner to repair the same.  Therein, the Administrator 
          found that the remaining items constituted service reductions 
          warranting a rent reduction.

          On remand per Docket No. BD610018RP the Administrator processed the 
          matter to consider all the service reduction items.  By an order 
          dated September 1, 1987, the Administrator revoked the July 18, 
          1987 rent reduction order in its entirety based on a finding that 
          the tenant had failed to keep two inspection appointments.  There 
          is no record of the appeal by tenant.

          Since the Administrator revoked the rent reduction order, the 
          owner's appeal of the order denying rent restoration has been 
          rendered moot.

          The Commissioner also notes that duplicate administrative review 
          dockets were established inadvertently, per Docket Nos. BH610354RO 
          and BH610301RO.  The proceedings per Docket No. BH610301RO, termi- 
          nated internally are hereby merged with the instant determination 
          per Docket No. BH610354RO.


          THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent Stabili- 
          zation Law and Code, it is,

          ORDERED, that the owner's petitions be, and the same hereby are, 
          terminated as moot.


          ISSUED:




                                                                         
                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Deputy Commissioner
    

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