DE520041RT, DE520042RT
                                  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
          APPEALS OF                            DOCKET NOS.: DE520041RT
                                                             DE520042RT
                                                  
                                                RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
          LOVIE HAMILTON LEE/MARY B. HOLMES     DOCKET NO.:  DA530095OR      
                                                                   
                                  PETITIONERS  
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITIONS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW    
                           
               The above-named tenants filed timely petitions for 
          administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 720 Riverside Drive, Apts. 5L and 7B, New 
          York, N.Y.

               The Commissioner has consolidated the above referenced 
          petitions as they contain identical issues of law and fact.

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

               The owner commenced this proceeding by filing an application 
          to restore rents for the remaining $2.00 rent reduction.  The owner 
          asserted that it restored and was maintaining certain services in 
          the subject building for which a $5.00 rent reduction had been 
          ordered on November 10, 1987 (BA530041B).  The owner applied for 
          and received a partial rent restoration of $3.00 which had been 
          ordered on August 25, 1988 (BL520029OR).

               One tenant interposed an answer, asserted that all repairs had 
          been completed.

               Thereafter, an inspection of the subject apartment was 
          conducted by a DHCR inspector who confirmed that services had been 
          restored.

               The Rent Administrator found a restoration of these services 
          and further ordered, a $2.00 restoration of the legal regulated 
          rent.














          DE520041RT, DE520042RT


               In their petitions for administrative review, the tenants 
          state, in substance, that they have not taken the rent reduction, 
          and that there was a repair and not an improvement to the building.

               The DHCR served a copy of the petition on the owner on June 
          13, 1989.

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

               The tenants' petitions appealing the rent restoration order do 
          not dispute that repairs were performed.  Thus, their petitions 
          fail  to establish any basis to disturb the Administrator's order 
          which determined that the owner restored services based on an 
          inspection by the Agency.  The tenants were entitled to a rent 
          reduction when the order reducing rent was issued, but were  not 
          required to take it.  The rent restoration order appealed just 
          restores the balance of the rent reduction, it is not a rent 
          increase for an improvement.

               
               THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and Eviction 
          Regulations for New York City, it is 

               ORDERED, that these petitions and the same hereby are, denied, 
          and that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 
          affirmed.



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                                                  ___________________        
                                                  Joseph A. D'Agosta         
                                                  Deputy Commissioner        
                                                          
    

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