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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:              
                     HOWARD KAYE
                   IRON ASSOCIATES,               RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                   PETITIONER     BK420573S 


          The above-named petitioner-owner filed a petition for administra- 
          tive review (PAR) of an order issued on June 2, 1988, concerning 
          the housing accommodation known as 202 West 84th Street, Apartment 
          4-E, New York, New York, wherein the Administrator determined that 
          certain conditions in the tenant's apartment constituted a serv- 
          ices decrease.

          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 the proceedings by filing a complaint assert- 
          ing that the owner has failed to maintain certain services in the 
          subject apartment.  A copy of the tenant's complaint was served on 
          the owner.

          Thereafter, an inspection of the subject apartment was conducted by 
          a Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) inspector who 
          confirmed the existence of defective conditions, in that windows 
          throughout the apartment were loose and rattled, and that there was 
          peeling paint and plaster throughout the apartment.

          The Rent Administrator directed restoration of these services and, 
          further, ordered a reduction of the controlled rent.

          In the petition for administrative review, the owner states that 
          all repairs have been completed.  No errors of law or fact are 


          The DHCR served a copy of the petition on the tenant.

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

          Pursuant to Section 2202.16 of the Rent and Eviction Regulations, 
          DHCR is required to order a rent reduction where it is found that 
          an owner has failed to maintain essential 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 services based on a physical inspection con- 
          firming the existence of defective conditions in the subject 
          apartment for which a rent reduction is warranted.

          The owner alleges that the defective conditions have been cor- 
          rected.  If the conditions were corrected prior to the issuance of 
          the order under review, the owner offered no evidence to substan- 
          tiate the allegation before the Administrator.  If the conditions 
          were corrected after the issuance date, the determination was 

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

          THEREFORE, in accordance with 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 Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 


                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Deputy Commissioner          

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