STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:
                    JAMES CROSSMAN,                                   
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                  PETITIONER      BK220037S


          On May 25, 1988, the above-named owner filed a timely petition for 
          administrative review against an order issued concerning the 
          housing accommodation known as 245 Sullivan Place, Brooklyn, 
          New York, Apartment A-6.

          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 in this petition. 

          The tenant commenced the proceeding below by filing a complaint 
          asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain required 

          Thereafter, on December 30, 1987, a staff inspector conducted an on 
          site inspection of the subject apartment and reported as follows:

               1.   The bathtub faucet leaks,
               2.   The pipe to the flushometer leaks behind the 
               3.   The kitchen sink faucet leaks,
               4.   There is a gas leak coming from the oven, and
               5.   The freezer door is broken.

          Based thereon, the Rent Administrator, by order dated April 25, 
          1988, directed restoration of these services and further ordered a 
          reduction of the legal regulated rent.


          In the petition for administrative review, the owner asserts that 
          the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) did not notify 
          the owner of the tenant's complaint.

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
          that this petition should be denied.

          Division records disclose that on December 7, 1987, the DHCR mailed 
          to the owner a Notice and Transmittal of Tenant's Complaint to the 
          address of 215-44 Murdock Avenue, Queens Village, New York 11429, 
          the owner's registered address.  That envelope was not returned by 
          the Post Office.

          Therefore, this 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 staff    
          inspection confirming the existence of defective conditions for 
          which a rent reduction is warranted.

          The owner may file a rent restoration application if the facts so 

          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, 


                                                  JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                  Deputy Commissioner

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