Docket Number: FA-220116-RO
                                 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 220116-RO
                                            :  
             DOMINICK BARILLA,                 DRO DOCKET NO.: ED  220071-OR
           
                              PETITIONER    : 
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           ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

        On January 11, 1991, the above-named owner filed a  timely  Petition
        for Administrative Review of an order issued on  December  17,  1990
        concerning t e  housing  accommodations  relating  to   the   above-
        described docket number.  

        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.

        On April 6, 1990, the owner commenced this proceeding  by filing  an
        application to retore rent on the basis of restoration of services.

        On May 2, 1990, the tenant was mailed the owner's application.

        The tenant filed an answer to the  owner's  application  on  May  7,
        1990, alleging in substance that services had not been restored.

        On  November  20,  1990,  an  inspection  of  the  subject   housing
        accommodation was conducted by a DHCR inspector who  confirmed  that
        services had been partially restored in this rent control apartment.

        On December 17, 1990, the Administrator issued  an  order  based  on
        said inspection finding that the bathroom floor had  been  repaired.
        The  order  provided  that  the  owner  may  refile  for   remaining
        restoration of $23.00 after completing the following repairs:

                  1.  mice and roach infestation in the apartment;
                  2.  two livingroom storm windows are in a 
                      poor condition and seep throughout;
                  3.  four master bedroom storm windows do not 
                      close properly;
                  4.  glass pane is missing from the kitchen
                      storm window;
                  5.  refrigerator door and freezer door 
                      gaskets are damaged; and
                  6.  livingroom ceiling has evidence of
                      peeling paint and plaster.     


        The Administrator  thus  found  partial  restoration  in  this  rent
        control apartment and granted  the  owner's  application,  restoring
        rent in the amount of $3.00 per month effective January 1, 1991.






          Docket Number: FA-220116-RO

        In this petition,  the  owner  contended  in  substance  that  these
        "problems" had  been "caused by tenant" and that the effective  date
        of restoration should be March 1, 1990,  presumably  the  date  when
        repairs were made.

        In reply, the tenant stated in substance that services had  not  yet
        been  restored  and  that  "it  is  impossible"   he   "caused   the
        disrepair...."

        The Commissioner is of the opinion  that  this  petition  should  be
        denied.

        Firstly, the owner did not raise in the proceeding below  and  prior
        to the issuance of the order that the tenant in any way  caused  the
        disrepair.  The Commissioner will therefore not entertain this issue 
        raised for the first time as an unsubstantiated claim on appeal.

        Secondly, rent control regulations  specifically  provide  that  "No
        order increasing or decreasing a maximum rent previously established 
        pursuant to these regulations shall be effective prior to  the  date
        on which the order is issued....  Because the order in this case was 
        issued on  December  17,  1990,  the  Commissioner  finds  that  the
        Administrator properly determined January 1, 1991 as  the  effective
        date.

        This order is issued without prejudice to the owner's right to  file
        another application for restoration of the rent,  if  the  facts  so
        warrant.

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

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

        ISSUED:




                                                                      
                                        ELLIOT SANDER
                                        Deputy Commissioner




                                                   
    

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