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

          APPEAL OF                                 DOCKET NO.: CA220188RT 
                                                    (Refile of BK220215RT)
                 RAYMOND GILL
                                                    RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                    DOCKET NO.: BC230073S



          The above-named tenant filed a timely petition for administrative 
          review of an order issued on October 14, 1987 concerning the 
          housing accommodations known as 2 Grace Court, Apartment #6O, 
          Brooklyn, New York, wherein the Rent Administrator determined the 
          tenant's complaint of decreased services.

          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.

          The tenant commenced the proceedings by filing a complaint 
          asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain services in 
          the subject apartment.

          In an answer, the owner denied the allegations set forth in the 
          complaint or otherwise asserted that all required repairs had been 
          or will be completed.

          Thereafter, an inspection of the subject apartment was conducted by 
          a DHCR inspector who found that the eight (8) apartment windows did 
          not have screens, and that the living room ceiling had been 
          plastered but required painting.

          The Rent Administrator directed restoration of these services and 
          further, ordered a reduction of the controlled rent.

          In the petition for administrative review, the tenant stated, in 
          substance, that nine (9) rather than eight (8) window screens were 
          missing, and that the paint condition was the result of underlying 
          persistent leaks due to faulty exterior brickwork, which allegedly 
          the owner had failed to correct.


          In an answer, the owner acknowledges that nine (9) window screens 
          had been ordered for installation in the tenant's apartment.  The 
          owner also states that the leak condition had been corrected and 
          that the paint damage would be corrected, when the tenant permitted 
          access to the subject apartment.

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
          that the petition should be granted, in part.

          Pursuant to Section 2202.16 of the Rent & Eviction Regulation the 
          Rent Administrator may impose a rent reduction when there has been 
          a decrease in essential services, furnishings or equipment, among 
          other things.

          Based on the record, including the owner's acknowledgement, the 
          Rent Administrator's order is amended to increase the total monthly 
          rent reduction from $11.00 per month to $12.00 per month, effective 
          November 1, 1987.  The increase reflects that there were nine (9), 
          rather than eight (8), window screens missing, each warranting a 
          $1.00 monthly rent abatement.  The tenant's petition does not 
          provide any basis for modifying the $3.00 per month rent reduction 
          based on the living room ceiling that was not painted.

          Any excess rent paid by the tenant as a result of this order shall 
          be credited to the tenant in full, commencing with the rental 
          payment immediately following the issuance of this order.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent & Eviction Regulations for 
          the City of New York, it is

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is granted  in 
          part, and that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same 
          hereby is, affirmed, as amended in accordance with the above.


                                                       JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                      DEPUTY COMMISSIONER


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