CH220067RT

                                  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.: CH220067RT
                                                  
          SAMUEL SAVEDOFF                         RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: CA210139OR
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                   AND REMANDING PROCEEDING TO RENT ADMINISTRATOR

               On August 10, 1988 the above named petitioner-tenant filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued August 1, 1988. The order concerned housing 
          accommodations known as Apt. 3H located at 2475 East 11th Street, 
          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 January 14, 1988 by 
          filing a rent restoration application wherein it alleged that the 
          tenant was refusing to allow access so that the owner could restore 
          services for which a rent reduction order bearing Docket No. 
          AL210627S had been issued.  The Commissioner notes that the rent 
          had been ordered reduced based on a finding of a defective air 
          conditioner.

               The tenant was served with a copy of the application and 
          afforded an opportunity to respond. The tenant filed a response on 
          March 11, 1988 and stated that he had not denied access and that 
          the owner had not provided a functioning air conditioner.
           
               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          apartment.  The owner and tenant were directed to be present at the 
          apartment on June 2, 1988.  The inspection was conducted on that 
          date and revealed that an air conditioner had been installed.  The 
          inspector also reported that it could not be ascertained whether 
          the unit was functioning properly because the temperature outside 
          on that day was 59 degrees.












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               The Administrator issued the order here under review on August 
          1, 1988 and ordered rent restoration.

               On appeal the tenant states, in relevant part, that the owner 
          has not provided a functioning air conditioner as it was required 
          to do.  The petition was served on the owner.  The owner filed a 
          response on October 19, 1988 and stated that it had installed a 
          functioning secondhand air conditioner in the apartment.
           
               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be granted 
          and the proceeding should be remanded to the Administrator for 
          further processing.

               The Commissioner is of the opinion that the order restoring 
          rent should not have been granted without a report from the DHCR 
          inspector to the effect that the unit installed by the owner was 
          functioning properly.  It was incumbent on the inspector to return 
          to the apartment to determine if the unit was functioning 
          adequately.  The Administrator erred in granting the application 
          based solely on the inspector's report contained in the record.  
          The tenant's petition is granted.  The proceeding is remanded to 
          the Administrator for determination of whether the air conditioning 
          unit installed in the apartment is functioning properly.

               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 to the Administrator for further processing.  The order 
          here under review remains in full force and effect until a new 
          order is issued on remand.

          ISSUED:



                                                                             
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner
                                    
    

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