CD610191RT
                                  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.: CD610191RT

                    Elizabeth Ruiz
                    a.k.a. Elizabeth Fuentes,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.: BH610552S
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          The above-named petitioner-tenant filed a timely petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 1058 Southern Boulevard, Apt. 408, Bronx, 
          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.

          The tenant commenced the proceeding below by filing a complaint 
          asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain services in 
          the subject apartment.  She stated that there was no refrigerator, 
          stove or bathroom sink in the apartment, and that she paid for them 
          upon moving in. 

          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 and that most of the items on the complaint 
          are duplicate requests made by the tenant in other proceedings.

          Thereafter an inspection of the subject apartment was conducted by 
          a DHCR inspector, on January 28, 1988, who confirmed that there 
          were no defective conditions at the time of inspection and that the 
          conditions have been corrected.

          The Rent Administrator denied the complaint and terminated the 
          proceeding.

          In its petition for administrative review, the tenant states, in 
          substance, that the cold from outside gets into the closet, causing 












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          humidity which damages her clothes and that it also comes through 
          the livingroom which causes the apartment to be cold.

          The DHCR served a copy of the petition on the owner on June 6, 
          1988.
           
          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
          that the petition should be denied.

          Pursuant to Section 2523.4 of Rent Stabilization Code, DHCR is 
          required to order the rent reduction, upon application by the 
          tenant, where it is found that an owner has failed to maintain 
          required services which are defined in Section 2520.6(r) to 
          include, but are not limited to repairs, decorating and 
          maintenance, the furnishing of light, heat, hot and cold water, 
          elevator services, janitorial services and removal of refuse.

          An inspection confirmed that the conditions contained in the 
          complaint had been corrected.  Based on this inspection, the 
          Administrator properly determined that a rent reduction was not 
          warranted.  The tenant's petition does not establish any basis for 
          modifying or revoking the Administrator's order which determined 
          that the owner was maintaining required services based on a 
          physical inspection, on January 28, 1988, confirming that the  
          refrigerator, stove, and bathroom sink in the subject apartment 
          were not defective.  Based on this inspection, the Administrator 
          properly determined that a rent reduction was not warranted.

          The Commissioner has considered the tenant's claim on appeal that 
          air is coming through her closet.  The instant petition does not 
          address the subject of the order being appealed but raises new 
          conditions for the first time which are beyond the scope of review 
          of this appeal proceeding.

          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 Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 
          affirmed. 

              
          ISSUED:

                                                                     
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner  
    

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