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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:
             TENTH FROGMOUTH CORPORATION,                                  
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                  PETITIONER      BL120088HW


          On March 28, 1988, the above-named owner filed a timely petition 
          for administrative review against an order issued concerning the 
          housing accommodation known as 90-10 149th Street, Jamaica, 
          New York, apartment 2-P.

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

          The tenant commenced the proceeding below by filing a complaint 
          asserting that the owner had failed to maintain heat and hot water 

          In an answer, the owner denied the allegations set forth in the 
          complaint.  Specifically, the owner answered, "heat and hot water 
          are supplied to the entire building at all times when necessary."

          Inadequate heat and hot water was determined at a staff inspection 
          of the subject apartment which revealed:

               1.  The outside temperature - 40@ F:  The apartment          
                                                     temperature - 66@ F.

               2.  Hot water temperature   - 90@ F.


          Based thereon, the Rent Administrator, by order dated March 9, 
          1988, and amended April 1, 1988 to correct the status of the 
          apartment directed restoration of these services and further 
          ordered a reduction of the legal regulated rent.

          In the petition for administrative review, the owner asserts that 
          during the period of the complaint, work was being done to repair 
          the equipment.                               

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

          The petition does not establish any basis for modifying or revoking 
          the Administrator's order which determined that the owner was not 
          maintaining required services based on a physical inspection 
          confirming the existence of inadequate heat and hot water for which 
          a rent reduction is warranted.  The Commissioner notes that the 
          petitioner in essence concedes restoration of services subsequent 
          to the issuance of the Administrator's order.

          The owner may file a rent restoration application if the facts so 

          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 Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 


                                                  JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                  Deputy Commissioner

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