ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: CA 130153 RO
                                  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.: CA 130153 RO  
                                              :  DRO DOCKET NO.: BC 130024-B
              PROVIDENT OPERATING CORP.                 

                                PETITIONER    : 
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


               On January 19, 1988 the above-named petitioner-owner filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review  against  an  order  issued  on
          January 12, 1988 by the Administrator,  (Gertz  Plaza)  concerning
          housing accommodations known as 65-10 99th Street, Rego Park,  New
          York, various apartments,  wherein  the  Administrator  determined
          that certain services were not being provided or maintained and as 
          a result reduced the rents of various apartments  in  the  subject
          building.

               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 in the administrative appeal.  

               This order was  based  upon  a  physical  inspection  of  the
          subject apartment which revealed that there was no storage  space;
          that the elevator was defective; and that  the  public  areas  are
          dirty.

               In this petition, the owner contends, in substance, that  the
          conditions of items for which the rents were reduced were restored 
          prior to the  tenants'  filing  of  the  complaint;  that  it  has
          provided storage space; that the tenants did not  request  a  rent
          reduction; and that the Administrator erred by reducing the  rents
          of ten (10) tenants who did not join the original complaint.

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

               A review of the record  in  the  proceeding  below  discloses
          that the tenants had requested a rent reduction; and that the  ten
          tenants who were not listed in the original  complaint  are  under
          Rent  Control  jurisdiction.   The  Commissioner  notes  that  the
          Administrator, upon  a  finding  that  there  is  a  reduction  of
          building-wide services, may at his own initiative reduce the rents 
          of the controlled apartments affected at the subject premises. 




               The Commissioner is of the opinion and finds that the  report
          of DHCR inspectorial staff which discloses that  certain  services






          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: CA 130153 RO
          were not being provided or maintained (the inspector got stuck  in
          the elevator) outweigh the owner's  assertions  to  the  contrary.
          Accordingly,  the  Commissioner  finds  that  the  Administrator's
          determination that certain building-wide services were  not  being
          provided  was  warranted;  and  that  the  Administrator  properly
          reduced the rents of the controlled and stabilized apartments. 

               The  Commissioner  notes  that  the   owner   filed   several
          applications for rent restoration with the Division; and that  the
          rents of the subject controlled  and  stabilized  apartments  have
          since been restored.   

               THEREFORE, in accordance with  the  provisions  of  the  Rent
          Stabilization Law and Code and the Rent and  Eviction  Regulations
          for New York City, it is

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

          ISSUED:








                                                                        
                                          ELLIOT SANDER
                                          Deputy Commissioner
    

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