CH410225RO
                                    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.:              
                                                  CH410225RO
                
                    VALERIE JOHNSON,              RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                                  TC055651 
                                   PETITIONER                         
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


          On August 25, 1988, the above-named petitioner-owner filed a peti- 
          tion for administrative review (PAR) of an order issued on July 20, 
          1988, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing accommoda- 
          tion known as Apartment 6-K at 65 Morton Street, New York, 
          New York, wherein the Administrator determined that the owner was 
          not providing storage space, directed restoration of such service, 
          and ordered a rent reduction of $5.00 per month.

          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.

          The record indicates that the tenant occupies a rent-controlled 
          apartment and commenced this proceeding by filing an objection to 
          Rent/Services Registration Form on November 21, 1984.  The tenant 
          stated that certain building services had been omitted from the 
          Building Services Registration.  There is no indication that the 
          objection form was served on the owner.

          Nevertheless, a DHCR inspector visited the premises on May 24, 1988 
          and reported that storage space in the building had been 
          discontinued by the owner.  Based on this inspection, the Rent 
          Administrator issued the order appealed herein.

          On appeal, the owner asserts that the 1943 Rent Control card for 
          this building, a copy of which was enclosed, does not mention 
          storage space.












                    




          The petition was served on the tenant on October 12, 1988.  The 
          tenant answered, stating that storage space was provided for many 
          years until it was recently discontinued by the owner.

          After careful consideration of the entire record, the Commissioner 
          is of the opinion that the petition should be  granted and the Rent 
          Administrator's order should be revoked.

          This proceeding was improperly docketed as an objection to the 1984 
          Building Registration Statement when such a proceeding was not 
          available to rent-controlled tenants for whom the registration re- 
          quirements specified in Chapter 403 of the Laws of 1983 were not 
          applicable.  The objection was converted to a complaint of failure 
          to maintain required services but without service on the owner.  
          The Division's records reveal that the issue of storage space is 
          being resolved in other proceedings.


          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, granted and 
          the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, revoked.


          ISSUED:





                                                                           
                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Deputy Commissioner
    

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