ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: CA 220230 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 220230 RO  
                                              :
                                                 DRO       ORDER       NO.:
                                                 BD                220546-S
                TOBY GINSBERG                                     
                                                  

                              PETITIONER      : 
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


               On January 8, 1988 the above-named petitioner-owner filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review against  an  order  issued  on
          December 10, 1988 by  the  Rent  Administrator,92-31  Union  Hall
          Street, Jamaica, NY concerning housing  accommodations  known  as
          501 Avenue R, Brooklyn, New York, Apartment No. 3B.

               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.  

               This proceeding was commenced  on  April  27,  1987  by  the
          tenant filing a complaint of decrease in services.

               In response, the owner stated, among other things, that  all
          problems would be taken care of immediately. 

               On October 8, 1987, a staff member of the Division conducted 
          a physical inspection of the subject apartment and reported  that
          there was evidence of roach infestation.

               On December 10, 1987,the Rent Administrator issued an order, 
          appealed herein, determining that the owner was  not  maintaining
          services and reducing the rent for the subject apartment by $4.00 
          per month, effective on the first rent payment day following  the
          issue date of the order.



               In this petition, the owner contends that there is  constant
          exterminating service at the subject premises and  that  all  the
          tenant has to do is admit the exterminator to the apartment.  

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

               Section 9 NYCRR 2202.16 of the Rent and Eviction Regulations 






          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: CA 220230 RO
          provides, in pertinent part, that if the owner fails to  maintain
          essential services, the Rent Administrator may order  a  decrease
          in  maximum  rent  in  an  amount  which  the  Administrator  may
          determine.

               The evidence of record, which includes  the  report  of  the
          physical inspection conducted at the  subject  premises,  reveals
          that the owner was not maintaining  services.   The  Commissioner
          notes that the owner did  not  raise  any  contentions  regarding
          access during the proceeding below  and  therefore  will  not  be
          allowed  to  raise  any  such   contentions   on   appeal.    The
          Commissioner further  notes  that  the  fact  that  exterminating
          services are provided is not sufficient to warrant revocation  of
          a finding of a decrease in services if infestation still  exists.
          Accordingly, the Rent Administrator properly reduced the rent  of
          the subject apartment.  

               This Order and Opinion is issued without  prejudice  to  the
          owner's right to file an application for a restoration  of  rent,
          if the facts so warrant.

               THEREFORE,  in  accordance  with  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:







                                                                        
                                          ELLIOT SANDER
                                          Deputy Commissioner




                                                    

    

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