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

          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.:
                    Nicola Brusco,

                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.:



          The above-named owner filed a petition for administrative review 
          of an order issued on May 26, 1988, concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 30 West 73rd Street, Apartment 1-AB, 
          New York, New York wherein the Rent Administrator determined the 
          tenant's complaint of a reduction of services.

          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 by filing a complaint 
          asserting that a fire in the subject apartment on May 12, 1987 left 
          the apartment uninhabitable.

          In an answer, the owner confirmed that the subject apartment was 
          severely damaged by fire, but argued that apartment services were 
          adequate to serve the tenant's needs until the resolution of  
          Housing Court proceedings to ascertain the responsibility, rights, 
          and obligations of the parties arising from the situation.

          In subsequent correspondence the owner stated that the parties had 
          entered into a stipulation and asserted that the tenancy was being 
          terminated pursuant to the tenant's lease provisions.  The owner 
          also advised that the tenant was residing in an adjacent apartment 
          not affected by the fire, and requested that the Rent Administrator 
          "defer judgment in favor of the City Court determination that the 
          premises will be restored in 1988."

          An inspection of the subject premises by a DHCR inspector on 
          January 25, 1988 revealed that there was no gas or electricity, 


          that there was burn and smoke damage and broken paint and plaster 
          throughout the apartment, and that there were no windows.

          The Rent Administrator issued the order that established the rent 
          at $1.00 per month pursuant to Section 2202.21 and 2202.22(c) of 
          the Rent and Eviction Regulations, effective May 1987, until such 
          time as the tenant was restored to occupancy.

          In the petition for administrative review, the owner argued that 
          the Rent Administrator's order was premature, and requested that 
          the order be revoked and that the Rent Administrator reserve 
          decision until the Housing Court determined the issue of the 
          tenant's right to continue occupancy of the subject apartment.

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

          It is noted that the owner failed to provide evidence below or on 
          appeal whether the Housing Court established that the tenant did 
          not possess the right to occupy the subject apartment.  In fact, 
          DHCR records of subsequent proceedings suggest the opposite; the 
          Rent Administrator issued an order on July 20, 1992 per Docket No. 
          FI410190OR that granted the owner's application to restore the 
          rent, noting the same tenant of record. 

          The Commissioner finds, therefore, that the Rent Administrator's 
          order was correct based on the record presented, and that there is 
          no basis for modifying or revoking the order.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and Eviction Regulations for 
          the City of New York, 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, 


                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner  

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