CI410253RO

                                  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.: CI410253RO
                                                  
          A. GUMOWITZ                             RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: CA410098OR
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                       AND REVOKING RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S ORDER

               On September 16, 1988 the above named petitioner-owner filed 
          a Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued August 11, 1988. The order concerned housing 
          accommodations known as Apt 14-F located at 10 Sheridan Square, new 
          York, N.Y.  The Administrator denied 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 15, 1988 by 
          filing a rent restoration application wherein he alleged that all 
          services for which a rent reduction order bearing Docket No. 
          AI410558S had been issued were restored.  The Commissioner notes 
          that the rent had been reduced based on a finding of water damaged 
          living room and bedroom walls.  The Commissioner further notes that 
          the application contained a signed statement of consent by the 
          tenant to the effect that the application had been read and the 
          stated repairs had been completed.

               The tenant was served with a copy of the application and 
          afforded an opportunity to respond. The tenant did not file a 
          response.          
           
               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          apartment.  The inspection was conducted on June 28, 1988 and 
          revealed that services had not been restored.  The Administrator 
          issued the order here under review on August 11, 1988 and denied 
          the owner's application.













          CI410253RO

               On appeal the owner, as represented by counsel, states that 
          the application had been consented to by the tenant as described 
          above and that, therefore, the Administrator erred in denying it.  
          The petition was served on the tenant on December 1, 1988.
           
               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be granted, 
          the order here under review should be revoked and the rent should 
          be ordered restored effective February 1, 1988.

               The Commissioner agrees with the owner that, based on the 
          signed statement of consent, it was error for the Administrator to 
          order an inspection of the subject apartment.  The application 
          should have been granted based on the papers submitted.  Therefore, 
          the order here under review is revoked and the rent is ordered 
          restored effective February 1, 1988, the first rent payment date 
          following the filing of the application.

               The Commissioner notes that  the owner's reapplication for 
          rent restoration was assigned Docket No. CK410035OR and granted on 
          April 19, 1989.

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

               ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, 
          granted, 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 February 1, 1988.  Any arrears owed by 
          the tenant based on the Commissioner's decision herein may be paid 
          off in twelve (12) equal monthly installments or immediately if the 
          tenant vacates.

          ISSUED:



                                                                             
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner
                                    
    

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