BH 410343 RO
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                            DOCKET NO.: BH 410343 RO

                                               DISTRICT RENT ORDER
               Nick Brusco                     DOCKET NO.: 045749

                                               Tenant: Samantha Finch


          On August 17,  1987  the  above-named  petitioner-owner  filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review against  an  order  issued  on
          July 13, 1987 by the District  Rent  Administrator,  10  Columbus
          Circle, New York,  New  York  concerning  housing  accommodations
          located at 115 West 74th Street, New York, New York, Apartment A, 
          wherein the District Rent  Administrator  determined  the  issues
          raised in the tenant's  objection  to  the  initial  registration
          statement, as it pertained to building-wide 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.

          On August 31, 1984, the tenant commenced the original  proceeding
          by filing with the Division a tenant's objection to the  services
          registration statement filed by the owner.   The  tenant  alleged
          that the owner did not  include  therein  the  maintenance  of  a
          washer and dryer in the basement for the  whole  building's  use.
          The  tenant  also  alleged  that  the  RR-3  Form  (statement  of
          building-wide services) was not posted.

          In answer to the tenant's objections, the owner asserted that the 
          RR-3 Form had been posted but was later torn down  and  that  the
          washer and dryer were installed in the building next door to  the
          tenants as a convenience to the tenants (of 113 West 74th  Street
          and 115 West 74th Street) not as a service.

          On August 13, 1987, the District  Rent  Administrator  issued  an
          order in which he determined that  the  owner  provides  basement
          laundry room facilities consisting of  a  washer  and  dryer  for
          tenants in buildings 113 West  74th  Street  and  115  West  74th
          Street, and that the registration statement be amended to reflect 
          that fact. 

          The Administrator, also, noted that the  owner  was  required  to
          post the RR-3 permanently in an area accessible to all tenants.

          In the Petition for Administrative Review, the owner contends, in 
          substance, that the washer and dryer are coin-operated; that  is,
          the tenants have to pay  to  use  the  machines  and,  therefore,

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          laundry is not a service provided in consideration for rent;  and
          the machines are not located in the  building  where  the  tenant

          In her answer  opposing  the  Petition,  the  tenant  states,  in
          substance, that the owner has not provided a basis  for  revoking
          or modifying the Administrator's order.  The tenant  also alleges 
          that the basements of 113 West 74th  Street  and  115  West  74th
          Street are connected.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition  should  be

          The Commissioner finds that it is undisputed  that  on  or  after
          the base date, the owner provided laundry facilities for the  use
          of the tenants residing in the two buildings  referred  to  above
          (both of which are owned by the petitioner).   The  Administrator
          did not state that  the  tenants  were  entitled  to  have  their
          laundry done free of  charge.   If  the  Administrator  had,  the
          owner's pointing out that the machines are  coin  operated  might
          have some relevance.  What the Administrator said, in  substance,
          is that the owner must maintain the  present  type  of  equipment
          (coin operated) so that the tenants can, for the cost of whatever 
          coinage the machines require, do their laundry at 113  West  74th

          THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, it is

          ORDERED, that this Petition be, and the same hereby is, denied. 


                                                  ELLIOT SANDER
                                                  Deputy Commissioner

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