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

          APPEALS OF                              DOCKET NOS.: CB410123RT

          THOM DEBECK                             RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: BD410025OR

               The above referenced administrative appeals have been 
          consolidated as both contain common issues of law and fact.

               The above named petitioner-owner timely refiled a Petition for 
          Administrative Review against an order of the Rent Administrator 
          issued November 6, 1987. The order concerned housing accommodations 
          known as Apt 20 located at 417 E. 9th Street, New York, N.Y.  The 
          Administrator granted the owner's rent restoration application.

               The Commissioner has reviewed the record and carefully 
          considered that portion relevant to the issues raised by this 

               The owner commenced this proceeding on April 1, 1987 by filing 
          a rent restoration application wherein it stated, in sum, that it 
          had restored services for which a rent reduction order bearing 
          Docket No. AE410353S had been issued.  The Commissioner notes that 
          the rent had been reduced based on the Administrator finding that 
          the water in the apartment was dirty, rusty and contained small 

               The tenant was served with a copy of the application and 
          afforded an opportunity to respond. The tenant did not file a 

               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          apartment.  The inspection was conducted on July 30, 1987 and 
          revealed that the water was clean and clear. The Administrator 
          issued the order here under review on November 6, 1987 and granted 
          the application based on the inspector's report.


               The tenant originally filed a petition for administrative 
          review against the above described order.  The Commissioner 
          rejected this appeal in an order issued January 29, 1988.  The 
          Commissioner ruled that the appeal was defective in that the tenant 
          failed to include a copy of the order appealed from.  The instant 
          petitions represent identical refilings.  The tenant states, in 
          sum, that the owner has not restored services, that the condition 
          relating to the water still exists and that, therefore, the 
          Administrator erred in issuing the order here under review.  In 
          Docket No. CB410123RT the tenant also states that his original 
          petition contained a copy of the order here under review.  The 
          petitions were served on the owner.
               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petitions should be denied.

               The Commissioner notes that the scope of review in an 
          administrative appeal is limited to facts or evidence presented to 
          the Administrator unless it can be shown that such facts or 
          evidence could not be presented.  The tenant did not file a 
          response to the application although afforded an opportunity to do 
          so and has offered no excuse for this default.  The Commissioner 
          will not consider the tenant's arguments on appeal.  The order here 
          under review is affirmed.

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code it 

               ORDERED, that these petitions be, and the same hereby are, 
          denied, and that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same 
          hereby is, affirmed.


                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner

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