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

          APPEAL OF                                DOCKET NO.: CA410309RO    
            Trilby Holding Corp.,                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                   DOCKET NO.: BF410107S           
                                                   SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                                         152 West 49th. St.
                                                         Apt. 2A
                                                         New York, NY 


            The above-named owner filed a timely petition for administrative 
            review of an order issued on October 19, 1987 concerning the housing 
            accommodations relating to the above-described docket number.  

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

            The tenant commenced this proceeding on June 26, 1987 by filing a 
            complaint asserting that due to the explosion of the oven in the 
            restaurant, his apartment is a "disaster". He requested a rent 
            reduction to $1.00 a month.

            In answer, the owner asserted that the damage was caused by the fire 
            department which chopped the windows, the walls and the floors to 
            check for smouldering beams; that due to the tenant's refusal to 
            allow repairs, it had to go to court to compel the tenant to allow 
            all necessary repairs; that a hearing is scheduled on August 3, 1987 
            concerning this matter; that the tenant refuses access so that the 
            Red Cross would continue to provide him with a free hotel room and 
            he could keep the apartment as a storage bin. 

            On September 4, 1987, an on-site inspection was conducted by a DHCR 
            staff member who reported that the apartment is uninhabitable; the 
            walls, floors and ceilings have been damaged; the windows are broken 
            and boarded-up; there is no gas; there is no electric except in some 
            rooms; and the tenant is unable to use the apartment and is being 
            housed at a hotel.

            By an order dated October 19, 1987, the Administrator established 
            that the rent be $1.00 per month on the date of the fire which 
            caused the tenant to vacate involuntarily.


            In its petition for administrative review, the owner states that the 
            Administrator made no inspection of the subject apartment; the 
            apartment is habitable with little damage from the fire; the firemen 
            caused the damages in ventilating the premises; other apartments in 
            the second floor were affected in the same way and were quickly 
            repaired; no other tenant moved out except this tenant who refused 
            repairs and seized the opportunity to get free hotel accomodations 
            from the Red Cross; and that the courts have directed the tenant to 
            make the apartment available for repairs. The Commissioner notes 
            that there is no attachment to the petition of copies of these 
            alleged court orders.
            A copy of the petition was mailed to the tenant.

            After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion that 
            the petition should be denied.

            The Commissioner notes that the owner failed to attach in its answer 
            below or in this petition any proof of alleged court orders 
            compelling the tenant to make the apartment available to repairs.

            The Administrator's determination was based on a September 4, 1987 
            on-site inspection conducted by a DHCR staff member who reported 
            that the apartment is uninhabitable; the walls, floors and ceilings 
            have been damaged; the windows are broken and boarded-up; there is 
            no gas; there is no electric except in some rooms; and the tenant is 
            unable to use the apartment and is being housed at a hotel.

            Accordingly, the determination was in all respects proper and is 
            hereby sustained.

            The automatic stay of the retroactive rent abatement that resulted 
            by the filing of this petition is vacated upon issuance of this 
            Order and Opinion.

            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 Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, affirmed.


                                                 JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                 Deputy Commissioner


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