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.: GH110113RT      
                                                           
                                                             
                                                 DISTRICT RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                Eleanor Freeman,                 DOCKET NO.: GC110019S            
                        
                                PETITIONER       PREMISES:  137-40 45th Ave.
                                                            Apt. 5B               
                                                            Flushing, New York 
                                                              
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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 July 27, 1992 concerning the housing 
          accommodations relating to the above-described docket number.

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

          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 March 3, 1992 by the tenant filing 
          a complaint asserting that gas (included in her rent) was shut off 
          for a month since February 7, 1992; she was not able to cook at that 
          time; and the front right window in the master bedroom could not 
          remain opened unless held open.

          In answer, the owner asserted that on February 7, 1992, a fire from 
          the kitchen stove of Apt. 6B caused the gas of the entire "B" line 
          of apartments to be turned off; repairs were completed on February 
          13, 1992 restoring gas service to all "B" line apartments as 
          indicated by an attached copy of a plumber's invoice; a NYC plumbing 
          inspector approved the repairs on March 5, 1992; the delay in 
          restoring service was due to the NYC plumbing inspector's late 
          approval; and that the window was repaired.

          GH110113RT
           















          On June 25, 1992, the tenant called DHCR to withdraw the complaint.

          However, the tenant filed on July 10, 1992 a statement asserting 
          that the complaint had not been resolved; she was without gas for 
          March 1992; her rent which included gas service was fully paid for 
          that month; and there should be a rent reduction.

          By an order dated July 27, 1992, the Administrator denied the 
          tenant's application for rent reduction based on decreased services, 
          based on the tenant's advice that gas service was restored. The 
          Administrator recommended the tenant pursue her request for 
          reimbursement in a court of competent jurisdiction.

          In the petition for administrative review, the tenant contends that 
          she was without gas from February 7, 1992 through March 4, 1992; she 
          and her son had to eat out; she paid the month's rent which included 
          gas; and she should have a rent reduction.

          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. 

          Based on the evidence in the record, the Administrator properly 
          denied the tenant's application. The tenant concedes that gas 
          service was restored. Accordingly, the Administrator properly 
          suggested the tenant pursue her request for reimbursement in a court 
          of competent jurisdiction.

          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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