ARL 09538-Q
                                  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.:  ARL 09538-Q

               ROTHSCHILD ASSOCIATES, OWNER
                                                  DRO DOCKET NO.: QS-003431-S
                                                  TENANT:  MARTHA CORREA
                                  PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


          On April 18, 1986, the above-named petitioner  filed  a  Petition
          for Administrative Review against an order  issued  on  April  7,
          1986 by the Rent Administrator, 92-31 Union Hall Street, Jamaica, 
          New York concerning the housing  accommodations  known  as  90-36
          149th Street, Jamaica, New York, Apartment 3M. 

          The tenant commenced this proceeding on May 31, 1985 by filing  a
          complaint of diminution of services, alleging inter alia that the 
          kitchen sink pipe was leaking, the kitchen ceiling  had  hairline
          cracks, the bedroom floor was  damaged,  there  was  evidence  of
          roach and mice infestation, and the apartment needed painting.

          A physical inspection which was conducted by a  staff  member  of
          the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR)  on  October
          8, 1985 confirmed the existence of  the  afore-mentioned  service
          deficiencies.

          On April 7, 1986,  the  Administrator  issued  the  order  herein
          appealed, finding a diminution of services and reducing the  rent
          to the level in effect prior to the last guidelines increase.

          In the appeal, the petitioner contends that  the  order  reducing
          the rent should be reversed because the tenant had withdrawn  the
          complaint prior to the issuance of  the  order  and  because  the
          required repairs had been made.  To substantiate the  contention,
          the owner submits a copy of a stipulation  entered  into  in  New
          York City Housing Court on September 23, 1985 in which the tenant 
          agreed to withdraw the complaint.  The owner submits also  copies
          of work orders signed by the tenant, indicating that repairs  had
          been satisfactorily completed.

          Although afforded the opportunity to do so, the  tenant  did  not
          respond to the petition.

          After careful consideration the Commissioner is  of  the  opinion
          that this petition should be granted.







          ARL 09538-Q
          Code Section 2520.13 provides, in pertinent part, that based upon 
          a  negotiated  settlement  between  the  parties  that  has  been
          approved by a court of competent jurisdiction where a  tenant  is
          represented by counsel, a tenant may withdraw a complaint pending 
          before the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR).

          Review of the record reveals that a copy of the  stipulation  was
          submitted to the Administrator before the order's issuance.

          Since, in the instant case, the tenant's  agreement  to  withdraw
          the complaint fulfills the requirements of Section  2520.13,  the
          Commissioner finds that the order should be revoked and the  rent
          restored.

          If there are any arrears owing as a result  of  this  order,  the
          tenant may pay them  in  twelve  equal  payments  over  the  next
          twelve months.

          This order is without prejudice to the tenant's right to  file  a
          service complaint if there again is a decrease in services.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with  the  Rent  Stabilization  Law  and
          Code, it is

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby  is,  granted
          and that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the  same  hereby
          is, revoked.



          ISSUED:
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                                                  ELLIOT SANDER
                                                  Deputy Commissioner
           
             
                                          
    

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