GB 130207 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.: GB 130207 RO
                                                  
               SAVCO REALTY CORP.                 DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: EH 130005 RP
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                          
               On February 10, 1992 the above named petitioner-owner filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued January 6, 1992. The order concerned various 
          housing accommodations located at 43-31 45th Street, Sunnyside, 
          N.Y.  The Administrator issued an order pursuant to remand which 
          stated, inter alia, that the agency's inspectors were not equipped 
          to check the adequacy of electrical wiring.

               The Commissioner has reviewed the record and carefully 
          considered that portion relevant to the issues raised by this 
          appeal.

               The procedural history of this proceeding is set forth in the 
          order of the Commissioner bearing Docket No. CA 130284 RO issued on 
          July 25, 1990.  In that order, the Commissioner remanded the 
          proceeding to the Administrator's solely on the issue of defective 
          electrical wiring.  The Commissioner also made certain findings 
          with respect to the objections raised by the owner regarding the 
          balance of the Administrator's order.
            
               Pursuant to the direction of the Commissioner the 
          Administrator issued an Notice of Proceeding to Reconsider Order 
          Pursuant to Remand on November 7, 1990.  The Notice was served on 
          the owner and the tenants.  Both parties were given an opportunity 
          to respond.  The owner, represented by counsel, responded on 
          November 28, 1990 and requested an extension of time to answer.  On 
          December 20, 1990 the owner filed a response wherein it stated that 
          the building was built in 1933 and is not necessarily equipped to 
          handle all the appliances the tenants use.  The owner also stated 
          that there are adequate safety features to prevent an overload and 
          that it was in the process of obtaining proof that the wiring was 
          in sound condition.  The owner then proceeded to request numerous 












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          additional extensions of time to file an additional response.  Each 
          request was granted until the Administrator determined that no 
          further extension of time would be granted after July 18, 1991.  
          The tenants did not file responses to the notice.
           
               The Administrator issued the order here under review on 
          January 6, 1992.  With regard to the electrical wiring issue the 
          order stated:

                    "Regarding further processing of tenants' complaint of 
                    the electrical wiring it is noted that the Agency 
                    inspectors are not equipped to check the adequacy of 
                    wiring.  Therefore, the tenants with specific problems 
                    may refile individual service applications."

          The balance of the order here under review incorporated the 
          findings made by the Commissioner in the order bearing Docket No. 
          CA 130284 RO.  The Commissioner notes, as stated above, that the 
          Administrator had no discretion to find otherwise with respect to 
          any issue other than electrical wiring since no other issue was 
          remanded for consideration.

               The owner's petition for administrative review in this matter 
          states an attack on that part of the Administrator's order which 
          incorporated the Commissioner's findings in the order bearing 
          Docket No CA 130284 RO.  Nowhere does the owner state any objection 
          to the Administrator's finding regarding the electrical wiring.  
          The tenants did not file responses.

               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be denied.

               Pursuant to 9 NYCRR 2529.1 (a):

                    "A petition for administrative review of an order issued 
                    by a Rent Administrator may be filed by a party to the 
                    proceeding...where such petition alleges the errors upon 
                    which such order is based."

          It is apparent that the instant petition is defective in that the 
          owner did not allege that the Administrator erred in making the 
          finding regarding the electrical wiring issue.  In fact, the owner 
          was not aggrieved by the Administrator's finding.  The balance of 
          the Administrator's order was issued pursuant to the direction of 
          the Commissioner and the Administrator did not have any discretion 
          to alter the Commissioner's findings.  The Commissioner notes that 
          the owner has instituted a proceeding in the Supreme Court pursuant 
          to Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules, wherein it is 
          challenging the order of the Commissioner bearing Docket No. CA 
          130284 RO.  Since the owner has no stated grounds upon which to 
          challenge the order here under review, that order is, accordingly, 
          affirmed.






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               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code and 
          the Rent and Eviction Regulations 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, affirmed.

          ISSUED:



                                                                             
                                           JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                           Acting Deputy Commissioner






    

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