CC110392RO

                                  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.: CC110392RO
                                                  
          NATHAN KATZ                             RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: BF110089OR
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                  REVOKING ADMINISTRATOR'S ORDER AND RESTORING RENT

               On March 1, 1988 the above named petitioner-owner filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued January 25, 1988. The order concerned housing 
          accommodations known as Apt. 5F located at 188-34 87th Drive, 
          Hollis, N.Y.  The Administrator denied the owner's application for 
          rent restoration.  

               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 June 16, 1987 by filing 
          an application for rent restoration wherein it alleged that it had 
          restored services for which a rent reduction order bearing Docket 
          No. BD110004HW had been issued.

               The tenant was served with a copy of the application and 
          afforded an opportunity to respond. The tenant filed a response on 
          September 2, 1987 and stated that hot water had been restored but 
          that the water temperature was scalding.

               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          apartment.  The inspection was conducted on November 2, 1987 and 
          revealed that the hot water temperature in the kitchen and bathroom 
          exceeded 120 degrees.

               The Administrator issued the order here under review on 
          January 25, 1988 and denied the application. 

               On appeal the owner states that the Administrator confused the 
          owner's application in Docket No. BD110004HW with another 












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          proceeding. The owner further states that the proceeding in Docket 
          No. BJ110025HW concerned inadequate hot water while the hot water 
          temperature in this proceeding was found to be adequate. The 
          petition was served on the tenant on May 25, 1988.

               The tenant did not file an answer but raised unrelated 
          complaints in correspondence sent to the Division on September 16, 
          1991.
           
               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be granted.

               The Commissioner has reviewed the record in Docket No. 
          BD10004HW and notes that the rent reduction in that case was based 
          on a finding of inadequate heat in the apartment and not inadequate 
          hot water.  In the response to the owner's rent restoration 
          application as well as the response to the instant petition, the 
          tenant does not claim that the owner is not maintaining adequate 
          heat.  

               The Commissioner is of the opinion that since the order here 
          under review  denied the rent restoration application based on a 
          condition that was not part of the rent reduction order, the order 
          must be revoked.  Furthermore, since the tenant has not stated that 
          the owner is failing to maintain adequate heat and since there are 
          no additional complaints regarding inadequate heat and hot water 
          for the subject apartment, the Commissioner grants the owner's rent 
          restoration application.  The rent is ordered restored effective 
          September 1, 1987, the first rent payment date following service of 
          the application on the tenant. 

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

               ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, 
          granted, and that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same 
          hereby is, revoked and that the rent be, and the same hereby is, 
          ordered restored effective September 1, 1987.  If the tenant owes 
          arrears to the owner by reason of this order and opinion, the 
          arrears may be paid off in thirty six (36) equal monthly 
          installments or immediately if the tenant vacates the apartment.

          ISSUED:



                                                                             
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner
                                   
    

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