DOCKET NO.:  DL 110001-RT
                            STATE OF NEW YORK
                          OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                   GERTZ PLAZA
                             92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                             JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

    APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO. DL 110001-RT
                                         : DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR'S
            SIMON HOLLANDER,               DOCKET NO. ZBK 1100137-OI
                                         : PREMISES:  215-40 47TH AVENUE     
                         PETITIONER                   APT. 2B5
    -------------------------------------X            BAYSIDE, 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.

    The owner commenced this proceeding by filing an Application for rent 
    increase with the Administrator, said Application requesting a $5.00 per 
    month rent increase, based upon the tenant's installation of an air 
    conditioner in the subject premises which protruded beyond the building line 
    and "has damaged the owner's property".  The owner stated on the application 
    that "Tenant acknowledges that he installed the above-referenced air 
    conditioner" and referred to an attached form, signed by the tenant, in 
    which the tenant conceded that he had installed a window air conditioner.

    The tenant responded to the owner's application by averring that "I have not 
    agreed with the owner to any substantial increase" in services, and that the 
    air conditioner in question does not protrude beyond the building line.  The 
    tenant's response was accompanied by a letter from the law firm of Jaffe and  
    Lynch said letter stating that the firm represented beside the tenant, all 
    other tenants at Rocky Hill Terrace, the development where the subject 
    apartment was located.

    An inspection by a DHCR Inspector revealed that the tenant's one air 
    conditioner protruded beyond the building line.

    In the order under appeal herein, the Administrator found that the tenant's 
    air conditioner protruded beyond the building line.  The Administrator thus 
    granted the owner's request for a $5.00 per month rent increase.

    On appeal, the tenant argues that he installed the air conditioner in 
    question during May, 1980, and that, according to DHCR Operational Bulletin 
    84-4, only those air conditioners installed on or after October 1, 1985 are 
    subject to a rent increase due to their protruding beyond the building line.

    The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should be denied.

    The tenant made the argument concerning the timing of the installation for 

          DOCKET NO.:  DL 110001-RT

    the first time on appeal, despite the fact that it was available to him 
    below.  The Commissioner will not consider evidence presented de novo at the 
    Administrative Review level.

    THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent Stabilization Code, 
    it is

    ORDERED, that this petition for administrative review be, and the same 
    hereby is, denied, and, that the order of the Rent Administrator's and the 
    same hereby is, affirmed.


                                                     JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                 Acting Deputy Commissioner

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