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                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                      DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                                  JAMAICA, NY 11433



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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE     ADMINISTRATIVE  REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:   
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                 SANDRA                     L.                      DEVITA,
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                   PETITIONER     AL 130041-B           
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW   
                                          


          On July 9, 1987, the above-named tenant,  the  president  of  the
          Campus Hall Tenants Association, filed a  petition  for  adminis-
          trative review of  an  order  issued  on  June  18,  1987,  by  a
          District Rent Administrator concerning various  housing  accommo-
          dations known collectively as Georgetown Mews (formerly known  as
          Campus Hall Apartments) Flushing, New York.

          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 for review.

          On  December  15,  1986,  the  tenant  Sandra  Devita,  a  tenant
          representative, filed a complaint  of  a  decrease  in  services,
          joined by numerous other tenants at  the  complex.   The  tenants
          asserted that their mailboxes had  been  replaced  with  inferior
          ones, although, they  conceded  in  their  complaint  that  local
          inspectors found them technically acceptable.

          In its answer, the owner asserted that the former mailboxes  were
          in a deplorable condition, some broken  and  some  missing;  that
          there existed a hodgepodge of broken, locked, unusable  mailboxes
          installed by the prior owner or by the  tenants  themselves,  and
          that the owner installed all new mailboxes of a uniform size  for
          all tenants which have been approved by the United States  Postal
          Service.


          On June 18, 1987, the  District  Rent  Administrator  issued  the
          order here under review, denying the tenants' application.

          In  their  petition  for  administrative  review,   the   tenants
          reiterate, in substance, that the new mailboxes are inferior.

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of  the  opinion
          that the petition should be denied.






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          The Commissioner is of the opinion that the owner is obligated to 
          continue to provide mailboxes that meet  postal  requirements  as
          part of its base-date required services, under Sections 2520.6(r) 
          and 2523.2 of the Rent Stabilization Code, rath r  than  to  con-
          tinue to provide mailboxes of a certain size and  type.   In  the
          instant proceeding there is no allegation that the  mailboxes  do
          not meet postal requirements.  Indeed, the  tenants  conceded  in
          their original  application  that  local  inspectors,  presumably
          postal inspectors, found them acceptable, and  the  tenants  have
          not disputed the owner's assertion that the mailboxes comply with 
          postal service requirements.  Accordingly, the Commissioner finds 
          that the owner has maintained required services with n  the  pur-
          view of the Rent Stabilization Code and that a rent  decrease  is
          not warranted.


          THEREFORE, in accordance with  the  Rent  Stabilization  Law  and
          Code and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974, it is,

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


          ISSUED:



                                                                           
                                                   JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                   Acting Deputy Commissioner
    

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