BG 110175 RT
                                  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.:  BG 110175 RT

                     REGINA HECK,
                                                  DISTRICT RENT ORDER
                                                  DOCKET NO.:  024417
                                  PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                          

          On July 14,  1987,  the  above-named  petitioner-tenant  filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review against  an  order  issued  on
          June 11, 1987, by the  District  Rent  Administrator,  concerning
          housing accommodations known as 36-19 Bowne Street, Flushing, New 
          York, Apartment 6-J. 

          The appealed order of the District Rent Administrator  determined
          that the  tenant's  Fair  Market  Rent  challenge  would  not  be
          entertained as the apartment was  decontrolled  on  November  30,
          1972 and rerented on February  1,  1972  at  a  permissible  free
          market rent, and  further  determined  that  the  owner  was  not
          required to furnish screens or a fireplace, but was  required  to
          furnish laundry facilities.

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

          In this petition the tenant  contends,  in  substance,  that  the
          owner has not posted the  building  services  registration  form;
          that  window  screens,  fireplace  and  laundry  facilities   are
          essential services required to be furnished by the owner and that 
          the owner never provided a rental history to the tenant.

          The owner did not file an answer to the tenant's petition.


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

          The proceeding at  the  District  Rent  Office  (DRO)  level  was
          initiated by the tenant, on or about, August  14,  1984,  by  the
          filing of an objection to the registration  statement,  based  on
          essential service and Fair Market Rent grounds.

          The owner filed an answer, on April 20,  1986,  to  the  tenant's
          objection,  in  which,  it  essentially   denied   the   tenant's






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          allegations and further alleged that it does not provide  screens
          or a fireplace and that the building registration was,  in  fact,
          posted in the lobby.

          A review of the record reveals that the owner provided  a  rental
          history after being requested to  do  so  by  the  District  Rent
          Administrator.  The owner also  stated  that  apartments  on  the
          fifth and sixth floor of the building have fireplaces.

          The Commissioner notes that a fireplace is an  integral  part  of
          the building structure and it, therefore, need not be registered. 
          In the event that the tenant can no longer use a fireplace  which
          had previously been a working fireplace, the tenant  may  file  a
          service reduction complaint with the District Rent Office.

          With regard to window screens and the  posting  of  the  building
          services registration, the Commissioner is of  the  opinion  that
          the District Rent Administrator properly determined these matters 
          based upon the evidence of record.

          Accordingly,  the  Commissioner  finds  that  the  District  Rent
          Administrator properly issued the order of June 11, 1987.

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

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby  is,  denied,
          and the  Administrator's  Order  be,  and  the  same  hereby  is,
          affirmed.


          ISSUED:
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                                                  ELLIOT SANDER
                                                  Deputy Commissioner

           
             
                                          
    

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