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

          APPEALS OF                              DOCKET NOS.: EI430143RO
          350 E. 62ND STREET ASSOCIATES           RENT
          SHIRLEY GEIGER                          ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET     
                                                  NO.: DL430034OR 

               The above referenced administrative appeals have been 
          consolidated as both contain common issues of law and fact.

               The above named petitioner-owner and petitioner-tenant filed 
          Petitions for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued August 17, 1990. The order concerned various 
          housing accommodations located at 350 E. 62nd Street, New York, 
          N.Y.  The Administrator granted the owner's rent restoration 

               The Commissioner has reviewed the record and carefully 
          considered that portion relevant to the issues raised by these 

               The owner commenced this proceeding on November 21, 1989 by 
          filing a rent restoration application wherein it alleged that it 
          had restored the service for which a rent reduction had been 
          ordered in Docket No. BD430100HW.  The Commissioner notes that the 
          rents were reduced in that proceeding based on the owner's failure 
          to supply adequate hot water.

               The tenants were served with copies of the application and 
          afforded an opportunity to respond.  Various tenants filed 
          responses wherein they stated, in sum, that adequate hot water was 
          still not being provided and that, accordingly, the application 
          should be denied.
               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          building.  Inspections were conducted on July 8, 1990, July 18, 
          1990 and July 19, 1990 and revealed that adequate hot water service  


          was being maintained.

               The Administrator issued the order here under review on August 
          17, 1990 and granted the owner's application.  The application was 
          granted with regard to rent controlled tenants effective September 
          1, 1990.  For rent stabilized tenants, the application was granted 
          effective February 1, 1990.

               On appeal the owner states that the Administrator's order with 
          regard to rent stabilized tenants should be modified to order rent 
          restoration in December, 1987.  The owner argues that repairs were 
          made, services were restored and the application was filed in 
          November, 1987 and that it is being penalized by the ordering of 
          rent restoration in 1990.  The petition was served on the tenants 
          on March 4, 1991.

               Various tenants filed responses wherein they stated that the 
          owner had not restored services and that, therefore, the order here 
          under review should not be modified.

               The tenant states on appeal that the physical inspections 
          described above took place in the afternoon when demand for hot 
          water is low and that the inspector should have conducted the 
          inspections during peak hot water usage hours in the morning.  The 
          petition was served on the owner on September 27, 1990.

               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petitions should be denied.

               With regard to the owner's appeal, the Commissioner notes that 
          the instant application was first received by the Division on 
          November 21, 1989 and that service was completed in January, 1990.  
          Pursuant to DHCR policy the Administrator ordered rent restoration 
          for rent stabilized tenants on the first rent payment date 
          following service of the petition on the tenants.  The owner's 
          appeal is without merit and, therefore, the petition is denied.

               The tenant's appeal is also denied.  The tenant has not set 
          forth any argument which would challenge the results of the 
          inspections.  There is no evidence to indicate that the hot water 
          in the subject building was adequate during some hours and 
          inadequate during others.  Indeed, the tenants who have filed 
          responses in this proceeding allege that the hot water temperature 
          is continually inadequate.  The order here under review is 

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code and 
          Rent and Eviction Regulations for New York City it is 


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


                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner


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