Adm. Rev. Docket No.: BE810289RO
           
                                      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.: BE810289RO       
                      
                 J.R.D. MANAGEMENT CORP.,                                   
                                      
                                                DRO DOCKET NO.: MVTC 84-154RV

                                  PETITIONER    TENANT: JAMES McCAFFREY      
           
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          ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW 


          On May 29, 1987, the above-named owner filed a Petition for 
          Administrative Review of an order issued on May 6, 1987, by 
          the District Rent Administrator at 99 Church Street, White Plains,
          New York, concerning the housing accommodation known as Apart- 
          ment 5C at 19 William Street, Mount Vernon, New York, 
          wherein the Administrator directed the restoration of services, 
          further finding that a rent reduction based thereon was war- 
          ranted.

          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 petition for administrative review.

          On July 14, 1984 the tenant filed a complaint of a reduction in 
          services further seeking a rent reduction based thereon. The tenant 
          alleged water damage to the ceilings in both bedrooms and the 
          kitchen; and an inoperative doorbell at the apartment entrance.

          The owner was served with the complaint on July 27, 1984. The owner 
          answered alleging that pointing work on the building to cure the 
          water leaks was in progress and arrangements were being made to 
          repair the doorbell.

          Subsequently, the tenant responded to a Division inquiry concerning 
          the status of the dispute. The tenant alleged that the doorbell had 
          not been repaired and that although there had been pointing work 
          done, the leaks persisted and the damaged ceilings had never been 
          repaired. 













          Adm. Rev. Docket No.: BE810289RO

          The tenants allegations were subsequently corroborated by a DHCR 
          staff member's inspection report.

          Thereupon, the Administrator issued the appealed order, wherein the 
          rent was rolled back to the last guideline increase that went into 
          effect prior to August 1,1984 based on the need for repairs to the 
          doorbell and the ceilings in the two bedrooms and the kitchen.

          In the Petition the owner asserts, in substance, that the prior 
          complained of conditions had been repaired and the currently 
          complained of conditions are new occurrences.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that the Petition should be 
          denied.

          The Commissioner finds that whether or not the owner took certain 
          measures to correct the complained of conditions, the tenant's 
          statements and the DHCR staff inspector's report show that whatever 
          the owner did did not correct the subject conditions. Therefore, 
          the Commissioner finds that the Administrator properly rolled back 
          the rent effective as of the first rent payment date following the 
          service of the complaint on the owner.
           

          THEREFORE, in accordance with all of the applicable statutes and 
          regulations, it is,

          ORDERED, that this Petition for Administrative Review be, and the 
          same hereby is, denied, and, that the order of the Rent Adminis- 
          trator be, and the same hereby is, affirmed.


          ISSUED:


                                                                             
                                              JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA             
                                              Deputy Commissioner
    

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