Docket No. DE710534RT
                                    STATE OF NEW YORK 
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: DE710534RT

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: DA710036OR
                                                  Premises: 20 Wendell St.,
          Patricia Olds                                     Apt. 29A,
                                                            Hempstead, NY



              The above-named tenant filed a timely petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing 
          accommodations described above.

              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 petition.

              On June 20, 1988, the Administrator, under Docket #HBL 710023-S 
          found various decreases in service of the subject apartment and 
          thus ordered a rent reduction.  In response, the owner filed an 
          Application to Restore Rent with the Administrator, contending that 
          the decreases in service cited by the Administrator had been 
          corrected.  The owner included with its Application a bill from a 

              The tenant responded to the owner's Application by alleging 
          that the owner had not reduced her rent as directed by the above- 
          cited order.

              The Administrator issued an Order Restoring Rent under the 
          above-captioned docket number, finding that the owner had restored 
          services, and thus directing a rent restoration.  In the order, the 
          Administrator was of the opinion that the issue raised by the 
          tenant in her response "... must be addressed in an overcharge 
          complaint, and cannot be addressed herein."

              On appeal, the tenant essentially reiterates her argument made 

          Docket No. DE710534RT

          below, namely, that the owner hadn't complied with the 
          Administrator's order reducing rent.

              The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should be 

              An examination of the record reveals that the owner filed the 
          Application for Rent Restoration after it received a letter from 
          the Compliance Bureau notifying it that "the tenant has advised 
          this office that the condition(s) cited in the Order have been 
          corrected."  Tenant's response to the Application contains the 
          sentence  "It does not profit me to falsify to the effect that 
          repairs have been completed and the landlord is trying to collect 
          additional rent and he hasn't complied with the order reducing 
          maximum rent (sic) issued on June 20, 1988."  The cryptic reference 
          in that sentence to repairs is the only mention either before the 
          Administrator or on appeal, of the issue of whether or not the 
          owner repaired the decreases in services.  This ambiguous 
          reference, together with the Compliance Bureau letter tend to 
          indicate that the tenant concedes below that repairs were made.  
          The tenant does not make any new allegations concerning repairs on 
          appeal.  The essence of tenant's argument, both below and on 
          appeal, is the allegation that the owner did not reduce rent as it 
          was directed to do so by the Administrator in the original order 
          finding a decrease in service.  The Commissioner thus agrees with 
          the Administrator's finding in the order presently under review 
          that the tenant alleged a rent overcharge, and should thus file a 
          complaint of rent overcharge and/or file a Request for a Rent 
          Registration update in order to determine the amount of the monthly 
          rent for the subject apartment.

              THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Tenant 
          Protection Regulations, it is

              ORDERED, that this petition for administrative review be, and 
          the same hereby is denied and that the Administrator's order 
          granting the owner a rent restoration be, and the same hereby is, 


                                         Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                         Deputy Commissioner 

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