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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:             
                   SHIRLEY STRAUCHLER,
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
          ----------------------------------x     BH410055OR


          On March 8, 1988, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a 
          petition for administrative review (PAR) of an order issued on 
          February 29, 1988, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the 
          housing accommodation known as 340 East 63rd Street. Apartment 2-A, 
          New York, New York, wherein the Rent Administrator determined that 
          the conditions, for which a rent reduction had been previously 
          granted on June 24, 1987, under Docket No. AJ430046B, had been 
          corrected and granted a restoration of the rent.

          The Commissioner has reviewed all the evidence in the record and 
          has carefully considered that portion of the record relevant to the 
          issue raised by the administrative appeal.  

          This proceeding was commenced by the filing of a complaint of 
          various applications to restore rent dated August 14, 1987.  

          On December 11, 1987, an inspection by a Division employee revealed 
          that the conditions, for which the rent had been reduced, had been 
          corrected and ordered a full restoration of the rent in the amount 
          of $5.00 per tenant.

          In the petition for administrative review, the tenant objects to 
          the rent restoration on the basis that she never received the 
          benefit of the rent reduction.


          A copy of the tenant's PAR was served on the owner who responded 
          saying that the tenant's rent will not be raised $5.00 because it 
          had never been reduced.  The owner states that it never knew the 
          rent reduction was in effect despite inquiry with this Division.

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

          The Administrator's order is correct as issued.  The order does not 
          grant the owner an increase in the rent it may charge.  It merely 
          restores the rent in the same amount as was to have been reduced. 

          The owner is cautioned that the tenant is still entitled to a 
          credit of $5.00 per month for the period that the rent reduction 
          was in effect, even though the parties agree that the rent being 
          charged, at the time the PAR was filed, already includes the 
          restored amount.                      

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the City Rent Law and the Rent and 
          Eviction Regulations, 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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