AI 210229 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.: AI 210299 RO

     MARLE REALTY CO.                   DISTRICT RENT
                                        ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
NO.: 85 KCS 000323 HH
                        PETITIONER
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  ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                
     On September 29, 1986 the above named petitioner-owner filed
a Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent
Administrator  issued  September 8, 1986.   The  order  concerned
housing  accommodations located at 415 Ablemarle Road,  Brooklyn,
N.Y.  wherein  the  Administrator ordered  a  building-wide  rent
reduction for failure to maintain heat and hot water.

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

      On June 6, 1984 forty-four tenants began this proceeding by
filing  a building-wide complaint alleging decreased services  to
wit: inadequate heat and hot water levels and water pressure  and
noise associated with heat coming from pipes.

      Based  on  the  evidence in the record,  the  Administrator
ordered a rent reduction for the month of October, 1986.

      On  appeal the owner stated that there was no reduction  in
services  at  any  time,  that cold  water  was  provided  and/or
maintained  as  required and that a new water pressure  pump  was
installed to alleviate any pressure problems.

      The tenants, through their representative, filed a response
on  October  28,  1986  wherein it was stated  that  the  owner's
petition  offered no proof that adequate heat and hot  water  was
supplied.   The  tenants  also stated that,  while  a  new  water
pressure pump was indeed installed, the underlying problems  that
prompted  the compliant still exist.  The tenant's representative
also submitted copies of letters, dated June 1, July 1, September
1, and October 1, 1986 wherein she made specific complaints about
inadequate heat and hot water.

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

      The Commissioner agrees with the tenants that the owner has
done  nothing  more  than state that there was  no  reduction  in
services and that adequate water pressure was maintained.  Absent
any  proof to that effect, the Commissioner finds that the  order
here  under review was correctly issued and, therefore,  must  be
affirmed.

      THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code,
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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