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

          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.:
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
              WHITEYARD INDUSTRIES, INC.,              DOCKET NO.:

                                                       SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                                       337 East 13th St.
                                   PETITIONER          Apt. 5, N.Y., NY


          The above-named owner filed a timely Petition for Administrative 
          Review (PAR) of an order issued on July 28, 1989, concerning the 
          above-described housing accommodations.

          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.

          The tenant commenced this proceeding on May 31, 1989, by filing a 
          complaint asserting that a May 19, 1989 fire had rendered the 
          apartment uninhabitable.

          In answer, the owner asserted in substance that all services had 
          been restored.

          Thereafter, a physical inspection of the subject apartment was 
          conducted on June 30, 1989, by a Division of Housing and Community 
          Renewal (DHCR) staff member who confirmed that the apartment was 
          under renovation after it had sustained fire damage and that the 
          tenant was not in occupancy.

          By an order dated July 28, 1989, the Administrator established 
          pursuant to Section 2522.6 that the rent on May 19, 1989 was $1.00 
          per month, based upon the owner's failure to comply with the 


          requirements of Section 2522.4(d), which amount is the legal 
          regulated rent for the housing accommodation as of May 19, 1989, 
          the date of the fire which caused the tenant to vacate 

          In this petition, the owner contends in substance that the tenant 
          did not involuntarily vacate the subject apartment and continued to 
          occupy the subject apartment after the fire and furthermore, that 
          full services were promptly restored.  The owner submitted copies 
          of court papers pertaining to a related Housing Court action with 
          this petition.  Subsequent to filing this petition, the owner 
          submitted a letter from the tenant, dated September 18, 1989, 
          withdrawing her complaint.

          DHCR mailed a copy of the petition to the tenant who answered, 
          stating that she did, in fact, have to involuntarily vacate the 
          apartment due to the fire.

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

          The owner's petition does not establish any basis to modify or 
          revoke the Administrator's determination based on the June 30, 1989 
          inspection which confirmed that this rent-stabilized apartment was 
          uninhabitable as of May 19, 1989, the date of the fire which caused 
          the tenant to vacate involuntarily.

          The owner's contention that the tenant did not vacate the subject 
          apartment was raised for the first time in this petition and is 
          therefore beyond the scope of review, which is limited to those 
          issues and evidence which had originally been before the Adminis- 
          trator.  The copies of the court documents attached to this 
          petition were also submitted for the first time with this petition 
          and so are also beyond the scope of review.  In any event, the 
          Commissioner notes that the DHCR has concurrent jurisdiction with 
          the Housing Court and that there is nothing contained in the 
          submitted court documents which refutes the findings of the DHCR 
          physical inspection.

          Finally, the Commissioner notes that the letter from the tenant 
          withdrawing her complaint is dated September 18, 1989, which is 
          nearly two months after the issuance of the Administrator's order, 
          and as such does not refute or challenge the findings which are the 
          basis of that order.  Furthermore, it was, by necessity, submitted 


          for the first time with this petition and so was not before the 
          Administrator below, and is therefore also beyond the scope of 

          The rent will be restored only when an owner's application to 
          restore the rent is filed and granted.  Division records reveal 
          that such an application has been filed and is pending before the 
          Administrator under Docket No. IF410146OR.

          The automatic stay of the retroactive rent abatement that resulted 
          by the filing of this petition is vacated upon issuance of this 
          Order and Opinion.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code 
          and Operational Bulletin 84-1, it is 

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


                                                       LULA M. ANDERSON   
                                                       Deputy Commissioner


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