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

          APPEAL OF                             DOCKET NO.: CE430020RO
                                                RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                  E.J.S. REALTY                 DOCKET NO.: BG430097B



               On May 6, 1988, the above-named owner filed a timely petition 
          for administrative review against an order issued concerning the 
          housing accommodation known as 75 St. Nicholas Place, New York, New 
          York, Apt. 3D.

               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 the petition.

               The tenants commenced the proceeding below by filing a 
          complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain required 

               Although afforded an opportunity, the owner did not interpose 
          an answer.

               Thereafter, on February 2, 1988, a staff inspector conducted 
          an on site inspection of the subject apartment and confirmed the 
          existence of these defective conditions.

               Based thereon, the Rent Administrator, by order dated April 
          15, 1988, directed restoration of these services and further 
          ordered a reduction of the maximum legal rents for rent controlled 

               In the petition for administrative review, the owner asserts 
          that the necessary repairs are now completed.


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

               This 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 staff inspection 
          confirming the existence of defective conditions for which the rent 
          reduction is warranted.

               The Commissioner notes that the scope of review in an 
          administrative appeal is limited to facts or evidence presented to 
          the Administrator.  In the proceeding below, not only did the owner 
          fail to assert the completion of the necessary repairs, but also 
          the owner failed to respond to the complaint.  The Commissioner 
          will not therefore consider the arguments set forth in the 

               It should be noted that this proceeding concerns whether the 
          owner failed to maintain certain essential services.  Accordingly, 
          whether the services may now be potentially restored has no bearing 
          on the confirmation that the owner had failed to maintain such 
          services at the time of inspection.

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

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


                                                  Joseph A. D'Agosta         
                                                  Deputy Commissioner

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