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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: 
                 SURENDRA SINGH SETHI,              
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                   PETITIONER     DOCKET NO.:
          ----------------------------------x     FH130027HW


          On January 28, 1992, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a 
          petition for administrative review (PAR) of an order issued on 
          January 17, 1992, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 42-55 Colden Street, Apartment 9-T, 
          Flushing, New York, wherein the Administrator determined that the 
          owner was providing hot water services and accordingly denied the 
          complaint joined in by various tenants of lack of heat and hot 
          water service.

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

          This proceeding was commenced by the filing by various tenants of 
          a complaint of lack of heat and hot water service building-wide.  
          Included with the complaint was a log maintained by a tenant 
          showing numerous heat and hot water complaints registered with the 
          city complaint hotline over a period of time.  

          An inspection of various apartments at the subject premises indi- 
          cated that water temperatures in both kitchen and bathroom equalled 
          or exceeded 120@, and the report filed by the Division's staff 
          inspector indicated that hot water was adequate at time of 
          inspection.  Accordingly, the proceeding was terminated by the 
          Administrator by order issued January 17, 1992. 


          In the PAR, the tenant states that inadequate heat and hot water is 
          a frequent problem.  Included with the PAR was a copy of the log of 
          heat and hot water complaints which had been previously submitted 
          below and which the petitioner contends is documentary evidence of 
          inadequate heat and hot water.

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
          that the petition should be denied.
          The evidence of record in this case, including the physical inspec- 
          tion of several apartments discloses that the owner was maintaining 
          adequate hot water.  As the mean temperature on the day of inspec- 
          tion was above 55@, the complaint regarding inadequate heat could 
          not be investigated.  It is not the policy of this Division to con- 
          duct multiple inspections over a period of time in order to verify 
          a tenant's complaint.  

          The petitioner has presented no evidence to indicate that the 
          inspection findings were not accurate at the time of inspection or 
          were not impartial.  The log submitted below and again with the PAR 
          is insufficient to disturb the Administrator's Order.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, 
          and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974, 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, 


                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Deputy Commissioner

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