CC220417RT

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





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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE          ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.:
                                                       CC220417RT
                    Lenore Levine,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.:
                                                       BF220591S
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          On March 7, 1988, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a 
          petition for administrative review of an order issued on February 
          29, 1988, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 1675 East 18th Street, Apt. B-1, Brooklyn, 
          N.Y., wherein  the Administrator denied a rent reduction upon 
          removal of the tenant's air conditioner from the window, and 
          allowed a $2.00 per month charge to remain in effect.

          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.

          The proceeding was commenced by the filing of a complaint of 
          decrease in services dated June 26, 1989, alleging that the 
          tenant's air conditioner was voluntarily removed after installation 
          of new windows.  However, the air conditioner charge of $2.00 per 
          month was not removed.  The Administrator denied relief under 
          Section 2202.16 of the Rent and Eviction Regulations.

          In the PAR, the tenant contends that although a 1991 Order 
          Adjusting Maximum Rent provides that the air conditioner charge 
          will remain in effect until the tenant vacates the apartment, 
          removing the air conditioner from the window should be considered 
          the same thing.

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














          CC220417RT


          The October 20, 1991 Order Adjusting Maximum Rent allows the $2.00 
          charge to remain in effect until the tenant vacates.  Thus, the 
          charge is in effect whether or not the tenant avails herself of the 
          service.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the New York City Rent Law and the 
          Rent and Eviction Regulations, it is    

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


          ISSUED:






                                                                     
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner  
    

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