CE130205RT, et al.                         
                                  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
          APPEALS OF                              DOCKET NOS.:              
CE130205RT;  CE130207RT;
                                                  CE130208RT;  CE130209RT
                ROBERT KATZ, As Attorney
                For Various Tenants               RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NOS.:
                                                  BH130179B;  BH130180B;
                                   PETITIONER     BH130181B;  BH130182B
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           ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITIONS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                 AND REMANDING PROCEEDING TO THE RENT ADMINISTRATOR


          On or about May 26, 1988, various tenants filed petitions for 
          administrative review (PARs) of an order issued on April 21, 1988, 
          concerning the housing accommodation known as 69-78 to 69-98 137th 
          Street; 69-81 to 69-95 136th Street; 136-03 to 136-07 70th Road, 
          and 136-10 to 136-14 Jewel Avenue, Flushing, New York, builing- 
          wide, wherein the Administrator determined that the condition 
          complained of had been corrected.

          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 administrative appeal.  

          This proceeding was commenced by the filing of various complaints 
          of reduction in services, building-wide, specifically the removal 
          of the individual tenant's mailboxes and house to house mail 
          delivery.  An inspection conducted on January 28, 1988 determined 
          that the tenants receive mail at a "rear mailroom" with individual 
          locked mailboxes.  Based on the inspection the Rent Administrator 
          denied the complaint determining that the complained of condition 
          had been corrected.

          In the PARs, the tenants contend that the inspector failed to 
          understand that the mail boxes that he saw are not the ones in use, 
          and that the inspector failed to inspect other sections of the 
          development which have no mailboxes at all.














          CE130205RT, et al.                         



          In response to the tenants' PARs the owner advised that it is in 
          the process of restoring the individual mailboxes to comply with 
          the former service.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that the petitions should be 
          granted to the extent of remanding the proceeding to the Rent 
          Administrator for redetermination, including an inspection.

          Evidence submitted below by the owner that at the time in question 
          mail delivery was made at a central location in the development and 
          not to the individual houses.  It is unclear from the inspection 
          report whether this location is in the lobby of each building or 
          outside of the buildings.  Although Post Office approval for the 
          arrangement is indicated in the submissions, such is irrelevant to 
          the issue of whether the relocation constitutes a reduction in 
          services.


          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, 
          it is

          ORDERED, that these petitions be, and the same hereby are, granted,  
          and that the Rent Administrator's order be revoked and the pro- 
          ceeding remanded to the Rent Administrator for a redetermination of 
          the issues therein in accordance with this Order and Opinion.


          ISSUED:




                                                                           
                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
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