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

          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.:
                    Wing Fu Lau,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.:



          The above-named owner filed a timely petition for administrative 
          review of an order issued concerning the housing accommodation 
          known as 54-56 Mulberry St. Apt.9, New York, N.Y.

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

          The tenant commenced the proceeding below by filing a complaint 
          asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain services in 
          the subject apartment.

          In an answer, the owner denied the allegations set forth in the 
          complaint or otherwise asserted that all required repairs had been 
          or will be completed.

          Thereafter an inspection of the subject apartment was conducted by 
          a DHCR inspector who confirmed the existence of the following 
          defective conditions:  Peeling paint and plaster throughout the 
          apartment, rodent and roach infestation, bedroom and kitchen 
          windows are, loose, water stained and peeling paint, defective 
          entrance door lock.

          The Rent Administrator directed restoration of these services and 
          further ordered a reduction of the legal rent.


          The owner filed a petition but failed to state any cause of action.

          Subsequent to DHCR serving a copy of the owner's petition on 
          December 13, 1987, the tenant interposed an answer which stated 
          that all the items for which a rent reduction was granted are still 

          On January 11, 1992, DHCR corresponded with the petitioner and 
          requested the owner to supply a statement containing the reasons it 
          objected to the order, within twenty days of said correspondence. 

          The record does not contain any written response from the 

          On November 6, 1992, DHCR corresponded with the petitioner 
          requesting the owner to inform the agency if there was still an 
          active issue to be resolved.

          On December 7, 1992 the petitioner informed DHCR that there was 
          still an active issue to be resolved, but did not point to any 
          errors in the order being appealed.

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
          that the petition should be terminated for failure to state a cause 
          of action.

          The owner may file a rent restoration application if the facts so 

          The automatic stay of the retroactive rent abatement that resulted 
          by the filing of this petition is vacated upon issuance of this 
          order and opinion.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and Eviction Regulations for 
          New York City, it is,

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


                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner  

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