CD210155RT

                                  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.:  CD210155RT
                                                  
          DARRELL GRIFFIN                         RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: BH210114OR
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                              AND REMANDING PROCEEDING

               On April 25, 1988 the above named petitioner-tenant filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued April 20, 1988. The order concerned housing 
          accommodations known as Apt 1 located at 132 Lafayette Ave., 
          Brooklyn, 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 
          appeal.

               The owner commenced this proceeding on August 28, 1987 by 
          filing a rent restoration application wherein he alleged that he 
          had restored services for which a rent reduction order bearing 
          Docket No. AI210364S had been issued.  The Commissioner notes that 
          the rent had been reduced based on findings of missing kitchen 
          cabinets, bedroom floor tiles replaced with ones that do not match 
          and bathroom toilet which runs continuously due to defective 
          flushometer.

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

               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          apartment.  The inspection was conducted on March 1, 1988 and 
          revealed that the toilet and cabinets had been repaired and that 
          matching floor tiles had been installed in the living room. The 
          Administrator issued the order here under review on April 20, 1988 
          and granted the application. 













          CD210155RT

               On appeal the tenant states that the order here under review 
          was incorrectly issued in that the rent reduction order ordered 
          restoration of the bedroom floor tiles while the order here under 
          review grants rent restoration based on repairs to the living room 
          tiles. The petition was served on the owner on June 3, 1988.

               The owner filed a response on June 13, 1988 and stated, in 
          sum, that the tenant was correct in arguing that it was the bedroom 
          that required the new tiles, that the work would be done and that 
          rent restoration should be ordered on an effective date after the 
          installation takes place.
           
               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be granted 
          and that this proceeding should be remanded for further processing.

               The Division's records reveal that the Administrator issued an 
          amended rent reduction order after the owner filed the restoration 
          application wherein it was acknowledged that the bedroom, and not 
          the living room, required the installation of matching tiles. The 
          owner's response to the petition substantiates this.  Accordingly, 
          the petition must be granted.  The proceeding is remanded for 
          determination of whether or not the bedroom floor has been properly 
          repaired.

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code it 
          is 

               ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, 
          granted, and that this proceeding be, and the same hereby is, 
          remanded for further processing consistent with this order and 
          opinion.  The order restoring rent remains in fully force and 
          effect until a new order is issued on remand.

          ISSUED:



                                                                             
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner
                                   
    

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