FG 410358-RT


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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:   
                                                  FG 410358-RT                
                  RICHARD H. SHEA,                
                                                  RENT          ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.: 
                                  PETITIONER      EJ 410007-OR


          On July 12, 1991, the above-named tenant  filed  a  petition  for
          administrative review of an order issued on June 10, 1991,  by  a
          Rent Administrator concerning the housing accommodation known  as
          Apartment 8, 153 Avenue A, New York, New York, wherein  rent  was
          restored due to a restoration of service.

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

          On October 16, 1990 the subject owner filed an application for  a
          rent restoration based on its alleged restoration of services.

          A copy of the owner's application was mailed to  the  tenant  who
          failed to interpose an answer thereto although he was afforded an 
          opportunity to do so.

          On May 16, 1991 a physical inspection of  the  subject  apartment
          was carried out by the Division of Housing and Community  Renewal
          (DHCR).  The inspector, in his report, noted that the  conditions
          were as alleged by the owner.     

          On June 10, 1991, the Rent Administrator issued  the  order  here
          under review, finding that a restoration of services had occurred 
          and restoring the tenant's rent to the level in effect  prior  to
          the last rent reduction plus subsequent  lawful  increases.   The
          restoration was made effective November 1, 1990.

          In his petition for administrative review the tenant requests
          reversal of the  Rent  Administrator's  order  alleging  1)  that
          conditions have not been corrected, 2)  that  he  has  filed  new
          complaints, 3) that  the  effective  date  is  earlier  than  the
          effectuation of repairs and DHCR inspection and 4)  that  he  has
          been paying full rent since January 1991.

          FG 410358-RT

          After careful consideration the Commissioner is  of  the  opinion
          that this petition should be denied.

          The Commissioner notes that the tenant has offered no evidence to 
          substantiate any of the allegations contained  in  his  petition.
          The Commissioner further notes that none of the allegations  made
          in the petition were  raised  in  this  proceeding  when  it  was
          pending before the Rent Administrator and that the tenant did not 
          interpose any answer to the owner's application although  he  was
          afforded the opportunity to  do  so.   Accordingly,  pursuant  to
          Section 2529.6 of the Rent Stabilization  Code,  the  issues  now
          raised by the tenant for the first time on administrative  appeal
          may not be considered herein.

          The Commissioner further notes 1) that the effective date  deter-
          mined by the Rent Administrator was  correct  -  the  first  rent
          payment date after service of  the  owner's  application  on  the
          tenant 2) that the tenant's subsequent filing of  new  complaints
          is not probative of the issues involved in the  proceeding  under
          review and 3) that in accordance  with  the  terms  of  the  rent
          reduction order the tenant should not have  paid  the  full  rent
          before the restoration order was issued.

          The Commissioner notes that while the tenant questions the  find-
          ings of fact the record clearly reflects those findings by virtue 
          of the DHCR inspection which occurred on May 16, 1991.

          Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that the  Rent  Administrator
          properly determined that the owner had restored services based on 
          the evidence of the record, including the results of  a  physical
          inspection of the subject premises, and  correctly  restored  the
          rent of the subject accommodation.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with  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.


                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Deputy Commissioner


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