FG 420077-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
          APPEALS OF                              DOCKET NO.:   
                                                  FG                  420077-RT
                     I.    ROSSI,                       RENT    ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.: 
                                                  FD 420002-OR
                                  PETITIONER      PREMISES: Apartment 16-D
          ----------------------------------x     325 E. 57th St., N.Y., NY

                                                                           
          ORDER AND OPINION REMANDING PROCEEDING TO THE RENT ADMINISTRATOR


          On July 2, 1991, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a  Peti-
          tion for Administrative review against an order  issued  on  June
          27,  1991, by a Rent Administrator concerning the rent-controlled 
          housing accommodations relating to  the  above-referenced  docket
          number.

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

          The owner commenced the instant proceeding by filing an  applica-
          tion for the restoration of rent based upon  the  restoration  of
          services.  A rent reduction  had  been  imposed  as  directed  by
          Administrative Order No. L 003052-S.

          The tenant's answer to the application included an  objection  to
          the claim that the leaks in the ceiling of the master bedroom had 
          been repaired.  Additionally, the answer  acknowledged  that  the
          apartment doorbell had been repaired,  but  disputed  the  claims
          regarding the sink stopper and dining room  outlet.   Thereafte,r
          on June 7, 1991, an inspection of the subject apartment was con-
          ducted by a Division of  Housing  and  Community  Renewal  (DHCR)
          inspector who reported no evidence of leaks in  the  master  bed-
          room, but otherwise agreed with the tenant's answer.

          In his order the Rent Administrator determined that the doorbell
          and the ceiling in the master  bedroom  had  been  repaired,  and
          restored the rental amounts  that  had  been  reduced  for  those
          items.

          In its petition the tenant disputes the conclusion that the leaks 
          had been repaired, and encloses an  inspection  report  from  the
          DHCR's Enforcement Bureau detailing an  inspection  conducted  on
          June 3, 1991, wherein it is reported that there is still evidence 
          of leaks from the master bedroom ceiling.







          FG 420077-RT

          The owner has not responded to the tenant's petition.

          After careful consideration the Commissioner is  of  the  opinion
          that the proceeding be remanded to  the  Rent  Administrator  for
          further investigation.

          The tenant's petition disputes  the  finding  of  the  inspection
          report in this proceeding that the leaks from the master  bedroom
          ceiling had been repaired because of the contrary finding  of  an
          inspection conducted only four days  before  by  the  enforcement
          unit of the DHCR.  Insofar as both  inspections  appear  to  have
          been conducted in accordance with established procedures, but led 
          to different results, they must be  considered  as  inconclusive.
          Therefore,  the  proceeding  is  being  remanded  to   the   Rent
          Administrator for further  investigation,  which  may  include  a
          third inspection, if required.


          THEREFORE, in accordance with the  provisions  of  the  Rent  and
          Eviction Regulations, it is,

          ORDERED, that the proceeding be remand d  to  the  Rent  Adminis-
          trator in accordance with this order and opinion.  The  order  of
          the Rent Administrator remains in full force and effect  until  a
          new order is issued upon remand.  


          ISSUED:


                                                                           
                                                ELLIOT SANDER
                                                Deputy Commissioner
    

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