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

          APPEALS OF                             DOCKET NOS.:              
                                                 EB220169RO, EC220060RT
                                                 RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                 DOCKET NO.:
                GEORGE E. MALLOUK                
                AND DEVORAH BOCK


                              PETITIONERS     : 


               On February 20, 1990 and March 12, 1990 the above-named 
          petitioner-owner (Mallouk) and tenant (Bock) respectively filed  
          petitions for administrative review of an order issued on January 
          11, 1990, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 70 Dahill Road, Brooklyn, N. Y., apartment 
          1-G, wherein the Administrator determined that the owner was 
          maintaining certain services but was not maintaining other 
          services.  The Maximum Legal Rent of the subject rent controlled 
          apartment was reduced by $10.00 per month based upon an inspection 
          held on December 13, 1989, which showed:  

                    1.  Kitchen floor has loose linoleum near entrance  
                    2.  Roach infestation in kitchen
                    3.  Kitchen wall cabinets are peeling paint on doors
                        and shelves.

               The Rent Administrator issued an amended order, on February 
          26, 1990, to correct a docket number and to reflect the right 

          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: EB220169RO

               The Commissioner has consolidated these two petitions as they 
          involve common questions of law and fact.

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

               The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator properly 
          reduced the rent of the subject apartment by $10.00 per month and 
          whether the Rent Administrator properly determined the effective 
          date of the reduction order.

               On appeal, the petitioner-owner asserted, among other things, 
          that he never received a copy of the tenant's complaint and that 
          there was no reduction in the tenant's services.

               The tenant, on appeal, alleged, among other things, that the 
          rent reduction of $10.00 per month should be retroactive to August 
          11, 1988; the filing date of the complaint.

               After a careful consideration of the entire evidence of record 
          the Commissioner is of the opinion that the administrative appeals 
          should be denied.

               Section 2202.16 of the Rent and Eviction Regulations provides 
          that a finding that an owner has failed to maintain services may 
          result in an order of decrease in maximum rent, in an amount 
          determined by the discretion of the Rent Administrator.

               With regard to the owner's petition, (EB220169RO) the record 
          demonstrates that a Notice and Transmittal of Tenant's Complaint 
          was mailed to the owner on August 31, 1988, at the address 
          registered by the owner with the Division.  
               Since the scope of administrative review is limited to the 
          facts or evidence which were raised before the Rent Administrator, 
          the issues raised by the owner for the first time on administrative 
          appeal may not be considered.

               Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that the Administrator 
          properly based his determination on the entire record, including 
          the results of the on-site inspection conducted in the subject 

               The Division's records indicate that the owner subsequently 
          applied for and was granted a full restoration of rent by the Rent 
          Administrator (EB-220134-OR).

               With regard to the tenant's petition, (EC220060RT) the 

          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: EB220169RO

          Commissioner has considered her contention that the rent reduction 
          of $10.00 per month should be retroactive to August 11, 1988, the 
          date the complaint was filed and rejects same.

               Section 2202.2 of the Rent and Eviction Regulations provides 
          in pertinent part that orders adjusting rents for rent controlled 
          apartments must be prospective.

               In the instant proceeding, the issue date of the Rent 
          Administrator's order is January 11, 1990.  

               Accordingly, the effective date of the Rent Administrator's 
          order is February 1, 1990, representing the first of the month 
          following the issue date of the order.

               THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent and 
          Eviction Regulations, for New York City, it is

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


                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Deputy Commissioner



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