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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:  CK410135RT
          JAMES BROUSSEAU                         RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.:  CC410070OR 

               On November 29, 1988 the above named petitioner-tenant filed 
          a Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued November 21, 1988. The order concerned housing 
          accommodations known as Apt 8D located at 279 E. 44th Street, New 
          York, N.Y.  The Administrator granted the owner's rent restoration 

               The Commissioner has reviewed the record and carefully 
          considered that portion relevant to the issues raised by this 

               The owner commenced this proceeding on March 8, 1988 by filing 
          a rent restoration application wherein it alleged that it had 
          restored services for which a rent reduction order bearing Docket 
          No. 85LS000134HH was issued.  The Commissioner notes that the rent 
          was ordered reduced based on the owner's failure to maintain 
          adequate heat and hot water.

               The tenant was served with a copy of the application and 
          afforded an opportunity to respond. 
               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          apartment.  The inspection was conducted on October 17, 1988 and 
          revealed that the hot water temperature was adequate and that heat 
          was not required at the time of the inspection.

               The Administrator issued the order here under review on 
          November 21, 1988 and granted the application based on the 
          inspector's report.

               On appeal the owner states that the rent was never reduced, 
          that he was never informed of the Administrator's order and that 
          the owner never complied with the Administrator's order directing 


          restoration of heat and hot water.  The order was served on the 
          owner on December 13, 1988. 
               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be denied.

               The Commissioner notes that the rent reduction order issued by 
          the Administrator adequately informed the tenant of the rent 
          reduction and advised the tenant to pay the reduced rent.  
          Furthermore, the physical inspection of the apartment confirmed the 
          owner's allegations in the application, to the effect that the 
          owner had restored services.  The Administrator correctly issued 
          the order here under review.  The order is affirmed.  This order is 
          issued without prejudice to the tenant's rights to file a new 
          complaint alleging inadequate heat or hot water or to file an 
          overcharge complaint with the DHCR if the facts so warrant.

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code it 

               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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