STATE OF NEW YORK
DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
92-31 UNION HALL STREET
JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433
IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
APPEAL OF DOCKET NO.: CC210398RO
DOCKET NO.: BF210696S
Perl Group Inc.
ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
The above-named owner filed a timely petition for
administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing
accommodations known as 401 East 23 Street, Apt. #9R, Brooklyn, NY.
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 this proceeding by filing a complaint
asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain services in
the subject apartment.
The owner did not interpose an answer to the tenant's
Thereafter an inspection of the subject apartment was
conducted by a D.H.C.R. inspector who confirmed the existence of
the following defective conditions: exposed electrical wiring,
inadequate water pressure, collapsed bathroom ceiling, foyer
ceiling and walls are peeling paint and plaster.
The Rent Administrator directed restoration of these services
and further ordered a reduction of the stabilization rent.
In its petition for administrative review, the owner states,
in substance, that all repairs have been completed.
After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the
opinion that the petition should be denied.
Pursuant to Section 2523.4 of the Rent Stabilization Code,
DHCR is required to order a rent reduction, upon application by a
tenant, where it is found that an owner has failed to maintain
required services. The owner's petition does not establish any
basis for modifying or revoking the Administrator's order which
determined that the owner was not maintaining required services
based on a physical inspection confirming the existence of
defective conditions in the subject apartment for which a rent
reduction is warranted.
The owner may file a rent restoration application if the facts
The automatic stay of the retroactive rent abatement that
resulted by the filing of this petition is vacated upon issuance
of this order and opinion.
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.
Joseph A. D'Agosta