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

          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.: CE110158RT

                    Anna Baroni,
                    Tenant Representative,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.: BJ110004OR



          On May 23, 1988, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a petition 
          for administrative review of an order issued on April 27, 1988 by 
          the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing accommodations known 
          as 22-88 Mott Avenue, various apartments, Far Rockaway, New York, 
          wherein the Administrator restored the rent that had been reduced 
          under a previous order.

          The Commissioner has reviewed all of 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 by the owners of an 
          application to restore rent dated September 28, 1987, wherein the 
          owner alleged that hot water service, for which an order reducing 
          the rent was issued on September 23, 1987, had been resumed.

          An inspection conducted by a DHCR staff inspector on January 25, 
          1988 found that the kitchen and bath hot water was adequate at the 
          time of inspection, resulting in the issuance of the order herein 

          In the PAR, the tenant representative alleges, in relevant part, 
          that the condition of inadequate hot water has not been corrected.  

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

          Applicable law does not require, nor is it the policy of this 
          Division to conduct multiple inspections to verify a particular 


          condition or its absence.

          The report of inspection dated January 25, 1988, by an employee of 
          the Division who is not a party to the proceeding was properly 
          placed in the record for consideration by the Administrator.  The 
          Commissioner notes that the report of the Agency's inspector has 
          greater probative value than the assertions of a party to the 
          proceeding.  The Commissioner finds that it was proper for the 
          Administrator to rely on the results of the one inspection in 
          determining the outcome in this case.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code 
          and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974, 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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