ADM. APPEAL DOCKET NO. CI - 530028 - 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 APPEAL
          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO.               
                                                 CI-530028-RO
                                              :
                                                 RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S    
                                                 DOCKET NO.               
                                                 BB-530048-B
               HRS EQUITIES C/O                   
               MILBROOK PROPERTIES
                              PETITIONER      : 
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


               On September 1, 1988, the above-named petitioner-owner filed  
          an Administrative Appeal against an amended order issued on August 
          12, 1988, by the Rent Administrator, 92-31 Union Hall Street, 
          Jamaica, New York, concerning the housing accommodations known as 
          520 Isham Street, New York, N. Y., Various apartments.

               The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator properly 
          issued the reduction order of August 12, 1988.

               The Rent Administrator's order, appealed herein, found that a 
          diminution of service had occurred and reduced the rent of the 
          subject rent controlled apartments by $5.00 per month.  This order 
          was based upon an inspection which showed that the building 
          entrance door lock was defective and broken.

               On appeal, the petitioner-owner asserted that a previous rent 
          reduction order for the same service item was issued and that the 
          order of August 12, 1988 is a duplication of the earlier order.  

               After a careful consideration of the entire evidence of record 
          the Commissioner is of the opinion that the administrative appeal 
          should be granted.

               A review of the file shows that the tenants of the subject 
          building filed a Statement of Complaint of a Decrease in Building- 
          wide services on February 4, 1987.

















          ADM. APPEAL DOCKET NO. CI - 530028 - RO

               The Commissioner notes that the appealed order reducing the 
          rent of the various apartments, duplicated an earlier order of the 
          Rent Administrator issued on September 9, 1987 and both orders were 
          based on the identical complaint.

               The appealed order reduced the rent of the subject apartments 
          based upon the owner's failure to maintain and repair the front 
          door lock and this was one of the items for which the rent was re- 
          duced in the earlier order issued under docket number BC-530110-B.

               Accordingly, the Rent Administrator erred in issuing the order 
          of August 12, 1988 since an order had already been issued resolving 
          the tenants' complaint and the Commissioner finds that the order 
          appealed herein must be revoked.

               THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent and 
          Eviction Regulations for New York City, it is 

               ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, 
          granted, and the Administrator's order of August 12, 1988, be, and 
          the same hereby is, revoked.

          ISSUED:


                                                                        
                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Acting Deputy Commissioner




                                                    

    

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