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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:              
                    MARILYN BLUM,                 
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                   PETITIONER     DA210101OR


          On July 27, 1989, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a  
          petition for administrative review (PAR) of an order issued on July 
          18, 1989, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing accom- 
          modation known as 135 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY, apartment 
          31-B, wherein the Administrator determined that the owner's appli- 
          cation for a restoration of the rent should be granted based upon 
          a restoration of four services for which a rent reduction order was 
          issued on October 13, 1987.  A prior application for rent restora- 
          tion was denied under Docket No. CB210119OR.

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

          The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator properly re- 
          stored the rent of the subject apartment.

          On February 19, 1988, the owner filed an Application for Rent 
          Restoration, stating that services for which a rent reduction order 
          had been issued by the Administrator, on October 13, 1989, under 
          Docket No. BC210126S had been restored.

          The tenant failed to file an answer to the owner's application for 
          rent restoration, even though a standard DHCR notice was mailed to 
          the tenant on February 8, 1989.


          A DHCR inspection conducted on June 19, 1989, revealed that the 
          following services were found to be maintained:

               1.   Bathroom ceiling has been repaired and 
               2.   Bathroom walls have been repaired.
               3.   Apartment entrance door has been repaired.
               4.   Kitchen floor tiles have been repaired.

          On appeal, the petitioner-tenant asserted, in pertinent part, that 
          the effective date of the appealed restoration order was incorrect 
          insofar as the owner completed the work in May, 1989 instead of 
          March 1, 1989.

          The petition was served on the owner on November 13, 1989, and on 
          November 20, 1989, the owner filed an answer to the petition 
          stating that all repairs were completed to the satisfaction of the 
          tenant prior to the DHCR inspection.

          After a careful consideration of the entire evidence of record the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the administrative appeal 
          should be denied.

          The Commissioner notes that the tenant failed to file an answer to 
          the owner's application even though she was properly notified by 
          the Rent Administrator.

          The Commissioner finds, therefore, that the petitioner having 
          failed to raise any issue whatsoever while the proceeding was 
          pending before the Rent Administrator, may not raise issues for the 
          first time on administrative appeal.

          Accordingly, the Commissioner further finds that the Administrator 
          properly based his determination on the entire record, including 
          the results of the on-site inspection conducted in the subject 

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, 
          it is


          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, denied, and 
          the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby, is 


                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Deputy Commissioner          


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