ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: BF110312RO

                                  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.:              
                                                 BF110312RO
                                              :  
                                                 
                                                 
                                                 
                                                 
                                                 


                                                 RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S    
                                                 DOCKET NO.:                 
                                                 AH120580S
                RICHARD ALBERT               
                                                  

                              PETITIONER      : 
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


               On June 15, 1987, the above-named petitioner-owner filed a 
          petition for administrative review (PAR) of an order issued on May 
          27, 1987, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 93-41 222nd Street, Apartment 1A, Queens 
          Village, N.Y., wherein the Administrator reduced the rent by $4.00 
          per month upon the determination that services had not been 
          maintained.

               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 
          of decrease in services and application for a rent reduction 
          alleging an inoperable intercom system in the tenant's apartment.  
          An inspection was made by a Division employee on November 3, 1986 
          which determined that the intercom was defective resulting in the 
          Administrator's order of May 27, 1987. 
















          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: BF110312RO

               In the PAR, the owner contends that it has been the finding of 
          this Division that the intercom is neither a required nor essential 
          service and that such finding is contained in an order issued 
          January 8, 1987 under Docket No. QCS000151-B.

               The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should 
          be granted.

               While the Administrator, in the cited docket, found that an 
          intercom is a required service for the subject building, the 
          Commissioner, under administrative review docket numbers 
          BB130149RT, BB130151RO, and BB130356RO, reversed such finding as 
          erroneous.  The reduction for that service in the subject apartment 
          must be rescinded retroactively.  

               THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the City Rent 
          Law and the Rent and Eviction Regulations, it is

               ORDERED, that the subject rent be and the same hereby is 
          restored in the amount of $4.00 per month, effective the first rent 
          payment date after May 27, 1987, the day it was reduced, plus any 
          lawful increases to which the owner may be entitled.

          ISSUED:


                                                                        
                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Deputy Commissioner




                                                    

    

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