EH220039RT
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                      DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                                  JAMAICA, NY 11433





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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE          ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.: EH220039RT

                    Paula Gelender,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.: DH210168OR

                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          The above-named tenant filed a timely petition for administrative 
          review of an order issued on July 18, 1990 concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 1177 East 98th Street, Apt. D5, Brooklyn, 
          New York, wherein the Rent Administrator determined the owner's 
          application to restore rent, previously reduced per Docket No. 
          BJ210427S based on finding that the bell/buzzer system was 
          defective.

          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 these proceedings by filing a rent restoration 
          application, asserting that the owner had repaired the bell/buzzer 
          system defects upon which the rent reduction order had been issued.  
          A copy of the application was served on the tenant.

          On May 11, 1990 the DHCR conducted an inspection of the subject 
          premises.  The DHCR inspector reported that the bell was operating 
          properly, but that while the intercom was operating properly from 
          the apartment to the lobby, it was not operating from the lobby to 
          the apartment in that there was no sound.

          Notice of the results of the inspection was sent to the owner who 
          responded that a new intercom system was installed in June 1990 and 
          was operating properly.  The owner submitted a bill from the 
          intercom system contractor.

          The Rent Administrator granted the owner's application and restored 
          the rent effective November 1, 1989.  The Rent Administrator's 












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          order noted that the "inspection held on May 11, 1990 and evidence 
          in the file reveals apartment entrance door bell is operating 
          properly and new intercom system has been installed."

          In the petition for administrative review, the tenant questions why 
          the restoration was effective November 1, 1989 when service was not 
          restored until June 22, 1990, and requests that the rent 
          restoration date be modified.

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
          that the petition should be granted.

          In the underlying rent reduction proceedings, the tenant had 
          complained that the buzzer system could not be heard in the 
          apartment and that the tenant could not be heard in the downstairs 
          intercom.  The inspector had reported that the sound was not 
          audible.

          The evidence in the rent restoration proceedings established that 
          the conditions that gave rise to the rent reduction, in fact, were 
          not corrected until June 1990.  The owner filed a rent restoration 
          before the service was restored fully.  Accordingly, the effective 
          date of the rent restoration is amended to July 1, 1990, the first 
          day of the month following the date service was restored.

          Any excess rent paid by the tenant shall be credited to the tenant 
          in full, commencing with the rental payment immediately following 
          the issuance of this order.

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

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, granted, 
          and that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 
          modified to amend the effective date of rent restoration to July 1, 
          1990.
                  


          ISSUED:




                                                                     
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner  
    

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