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.: ARL11647Q 

                                           :     
                Richard Albert                   RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                 DOCKET NO.: AA110713S

                           PETITIONER      :
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


       On July 8, 1986, the above-name petitioner-owner filed a petition for 
       administrative review (PAR) of an order issued on June 23, 1986, by the 
       Rent Administrator, concerning the housing accommodation known as 93-49 
       222 Street, Queens Village, New York wherein the Administrator reduced 
       the tenant's rent upon a finding of a decrease in services.

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

       This proceeding was commenced by the filing of a complaint on December 
       28, 1985 which alleged that the bedroom radiator was leaking extensively 
       and rotted the floorboard.  The owner was served with a copy of the 
       tenant's complaint on April 10, 1986 and failed to respond resulting in 
       the issuance of the June 23, 1986 order finding a decrease in services 
       and reducing the rent.

       In the PAR, the owner contends, among other things, that the radiator was 
       repaired on April 29, 1986, that the floor has water stains but is 
       otherwise in sound condition and there is no evidence of rotting.  In 
       addition the owner states that this tenant has signed multiple complaints 
       in an effort to harass the owner.

       The Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be denied.






       Doc. #ARL11647Q



       A review of the record reveals that the owner did not respond when served 
       with a copy of the tenant's complaint.  

       Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that sufficient evidence does exist 
       to support the Administrator's finding and that the Administrator's order 
       was correct when issued.  However, since the tenant advised the Division 
       in a compliance proceeding in October 1986, that the radiator had been 
       repaired and an inspection in November 1986 revealed no defect in the 
       floorboards, the rent is restored effective December 1, 1986.

       Any arrears due the owner as a result of this order may be paid in 6 
       equal monthly installments.

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

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


       ISSUED:                                                                  

                                                                           
                                                Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                                Deputy Commissioner
    

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