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.: FE410153RT      
                               
                                                             
          ALLEN BATCHELOR,                       DISTRICT RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                 DOCKET NO.: FB410097HW           
                         
                                PETITIONER       PREMISES: 135 East 50th. St.
                                                           Apt. No. 8B
                                                           New York, NY      
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             ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


          The above-named tenant filed a timely petition for administrative 
          review of an order issued on April 12, 1991 concerning the housing 
          accommodations relating to the above-described docket number.  

          The issue in this appeal is whether the Administrator's order was 
          correct.

          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 this administrative appeal.

          This proceeding was commenced on February 2, 1991 by the tenant 
          filing a complaint which asserts that there is a continuous lack of 
          heat and hot water; and that if there is hot water, it burns the 
          skin.

          On March 4, 1991, DHCR transmitted a copy of the tenant's complaint 
          to the owner.

          On March 11, 1991, the tenant filed a statement that the owner has 
          continued to fail to  maintain heat and hot water services.

          On March 21, 1991, DHCR mailed to the tenant a Notice of Inspection 
          informing the tenant about a scheduled inspection.

          FE410153RT













          An on-site inspection on April 2, 1991 was conducted by a DHCR staff 
          member who reported that heat is being provided in the subject 
          apartment (outside temperature upper 40's degrees F, inside
          temperature 71 degrees F); that the hot water temperature in the 
          bathroom is 130 degrees F, the hot water temperature in the kitchen 
          is 132 degrees F; and that at the time of inspection, there was no 
          evidence of scalding hot water temperature in the shower or tub.

          On April 12, 1991, the Administrator terminated the proceeding based  
          on no evidence of scalding hot water.

          In this petition, the tenant contends that there is no inspection on 
          April 2, 1991, and that the Administator's order does not address 
          the lack of hot water which was part of the complaint. The tenant 
          submits a copy of a NYC Department of Housing and Preservation 
          Development Certificate of Inspection Visits to show that there was 
          no inspection on April 2, 1991, and copies of tenants' statements 
          alleging that their showers emit scalding hot water temperatures 
          every morning.

          On June 10, 1991, DHCR mailed a copy of the tenant's petition to the 
          owner.

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

          The record clearly shows that an on site inspection of the subject 
          apartment was conducted on April 2, 1991. The Administrator's 
          determination was based on this inspection by a DHCR staff member 
          who confirmed the existence of adequate heat and hot water services. 
          The determination was in all respects proper and is hereby 
          sustained.

          The copy of a NYC Department of Housing and Preservation Development 
          Certificate of Inspection Visits showing no inspection on April 2, 
          1991 has no bearing and is irrelevant to this proceeding based on a 
          DHCR staff inspection which determined that heat and hot water were 
          adequate.

          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 Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, affirmed.

          ISSUED:

                                                                      
                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Deputy Commissioner
    

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