Docket Number: FA-210154-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.: FA 210154-RT
                                            :             (AS AMENDED)
             ROBERT K. BARRY,                  DISTRICT RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                               DOCKET NOS.: ZEB 210051-OR
                              PETITIONER    :               ZDH 210070-S
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           ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                    IN PART AND MODIFYING ADMINISTRATOR'S ORDER

        This Order and Opinion amending an order issued  on  June  31,  1991
        concerning t e  housing  accommodations  relating  to   the   above-
        described docket number arises from an owner's letter  dated  August
        12, 1991 requesting clarification as to the effective date  of  rent
        restoration.

        The Commissioner acknowledges  the  "typographical  errors"  brought
        forward by the owner in said letter, 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.

        On January 8, 1991, the above-named tenant filed a  timely  Petition
        for Administrative Review of an order issued on  December  11,  1990
        concerning t e  housing  accommodations  relating  to   the   above-
        described docket number.  

        Originally, this proceeding commenced when on February 21, 1990, the 
        owner filed an application to restore rent  because  the  owner  had
        restored all services for which a rent reduction order was issued on 
        December 6, 1989 under Docket Number ZDH-210070-S.

        On March 15, 1990, the tenant was mailed the owner's application.

        On April 10, 1990, the  tenant  answered  the  owner's  application,
        alleging in substance that services have not been restored.

        On October 9, 1990, inspection of the subject  housing  accomodation
        revealed "evidence of exposed pipes in closet."  However on  October
        14, 1990, the tenant certified a statement that "the  exposed  pipes
        condition... in my apartment front closet has been repaired.

        Based on  said  inspection  and  the  tenant's  later  certification
        modifying the inspection, the Administrator issued on  December  11,
        1990 an order finding that services had been restored; and that  the
        owner's application is granted, rent being restored effective 
        April 1, 1990.

        In this petition, the tenant alleges in substance that  rent  should
        not be restored "if the problem existed" until October 1990.

        The Commissioner is of the opinion  that  this  petition  should  be






          Docket Number: FA-210154-RT
        granted in part and the Administrator's order modified accordingly.

        Administrative policy and precedent  have  recognized  that  if  the
        owner's  application  to  restore   rent   is   granted   after   an
        inspectorial  finding  that  services  had   been   restored,   rent
        restoration is effective on the  rent  payment  date  of  the  month
        following service of the owner's application on the tenant. However, 
        this rule does not apply to a case,  such  as  this  one,  where  an
        inspection initially shows that services  have  not  been  restored.
        Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that the effective date  of  the
        rent restoration should be November 1, 1990, the first of the  month
        following the actual restoration of services.

        The owner shall refund the excess collected from April  1,  1990  to
        October 31, 1990.  If the owner fails to make the refund  within  30
        days, the owner may credit the excess amount  against  the  tenant's
        rent.

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

        ORDERED, that the tenant's petition be,  and  the  same  hereby  is,
        granted in part to the  extent  that  the  effective  date  of  rent
        restoration  is  November  1,  1990,  and  that  the  District  Rent
        Administrator's  order  be,  and  the  same  hereby   is,   modified
        accordingly.

        ISSUED:




                                                                      
                                        ELLIOT SANDER
                                        Deputy Commissioner




                                                   
    

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