EA 110240-RT

                                              
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                      DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433



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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE     ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:   
                                                  EA 110240-RT                

                 CONSTANTINE KRATUNIS,          RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S      
                                                  DOCKET NO.: 
                                                  CK 110786-S
                                  PETITIONER      PREMISES: 247-77 Crescent
          ----------------------------------x             Queens, NY


            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW   


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

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

          The tenant commenced this proceeding by filing  a  complaint  as-
          serting that the electrical outlet in the kitchen is faulty,  and
          that there is a short circuit in the  entire  apartment  whenever
          she uses it.

          In its answer the owner denied that the  outlet  is  damaged  and
          claimed that the tenant was overloading it.

          Thereafter an inspection was conducted by a  DHCR  inspector  who
          reported that the kitchen outlet was operative.

          In an order issued on  January  11,  1990  under  Docket  No.  CK
          110786-S, the Administrator determined to terminate the  tenant's
          proceeding based on the inspector's findings.


          In her petition, the tenant contends that the order was incorrect 
          because her complaint concerned the fact that the use of the out 
          let caused a short circuit, not that it was inoperative.

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

          The tenant's petition fails to assert any defect in  the  inspec-
          tion procedure.  The Administrator's finding that the outlet  was
          operative could only result in a termination  of  the  proceeding
          since the effective use of the outlet is all that  the  owner  is







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          required to provide.  The owner is not obligated to  prevent  the
          occasional short circuit that occurs when the line is overloaded. 


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

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


          ISSUED:



                                                                           
                                                ELLIOT SANDER
                                                Deputy Commissioner


                                          
    

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