EK610362RT

                                  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.: EK610362RT
                                                  
          KARLSSON & NG, P.C.                     RENT
          FOR NICHOLAS LEON, TENANT               ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: EA630035OR
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                          
               On November 27, 1990 the above named attorney for the 
          petitioner-tenant filed a Petition for Administrative Review 
          against an order of the Rent Administrator issued October 23, 1990. 
          The order concerned various housing accommodations located at 3011 
          Heath Avenue, Bronx, N.Y.  The Administrator granted the owner's 
          rent restoration application.  

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

               The owner commenced this proceeding on November 6, 1989 by 
          filing a rent restoration application wherein it stated that it had 
          restored services for which a rent reduction order bearing Docket 
          No. CE610098B had been issued.

               The tenants were served with copies of the application and 
          afforded an opportunity to respond. 
           
               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          building.  The inspection was conducted on July 27, 1990 and 
          revealed that the public area window sashes were loose.  All other 
          services were found to have been restored.  

               The Administrator sent a notice to the owner on September 6, 
          1990 and notified it of the results of the inspection.  The owner 
          was afforded an opportunity to correct the problem with the sashes 
          and notify the Administrator that the condition had been corrected.  
          The owner sent a letter to the Administrator on September 14, 1990 
          and stated that it had corrected the condition.  The owner attached 
          a paid contractor's bill to the response.













          EK610362RT


               The Administrator issued the order here under review on 
          October 23, 1990 and granted the owner's application.

               On appeal one tenant states that the Administrator erred in 
          granting the application because the owner has been collecting the 
          full rent for the entire time that the rent reduction order was in 
          effect.  The tenant states that the owner should be made to 
          reimburse the overcharge plus treble damages.  The petition was 
          served on the owner on December 14, 1990.  

               The owner filed a response on December 20, 1990  and stated 
          that the petition was not timely filed and that the tenant in 
          question voluntarily paid the full rent after service of the rent 
          reduction order.
           
               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be denied.

               The petitioner has not stated any grounds upon which to attack 
          the order here under review.  If the tenant has been overcharged, 
          the remedy is to file a rent overcharge complaint with the 
          appropriate DHCR unit.  The issue of overcharges allegedly 
          collected by the owner is irrelevant to the question of whether the 
          rent restoration order here under review was correctly issued.  

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code it 
          is 

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

          ISSUED:



                                                                             
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner
                                   
    

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