CB410119RT

                                  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.: CB410119RT  
                            
                    VARIOUS TENANTS OF                                       
             1409 SECOND AVENUE, NEW YORK, N.Y.      RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                     DOCKET NO.: BH410135B   
                                     PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          On February 26, 1988, the above-named petitioner-tenants filed a 
          petition for administrative review (PAR) of an order issued on     
          January 22, 1988, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 1409 Second Avenue, various apartments, New 
          York, N.Y., wherein the Administrator determined that a reduction 
          in rent was not warranted based upon a reduction in services 
          because an inspection held on December 2, 1987 showed that all 
          conditions have been corrected. 

          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 by the administrative appeal.

          The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator properly denied 
          the tenants' application for a reduction in rent based upon a 
          decrease in services.

          On August 14, 1987, two tenants joined in filing a building-wide 
          complaint alleging that the subject building was vermin infested.

          The owner filed an answer to the complaint, on October 22, 1987, 
          alleging that the subject premises has been continuously serviced 
          by an extermination company.

          A DHCR inspection conducted on December 2, 1987, revealed no 
          evidence of infestation.





          On appeal, the petitioner-tenants asserted, in pertinent part, that 












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          the DHCR failed to visit individual apartments in the subject 
          premises and that the infestation problem persists in the 
          apartments.

          The petition was served on the owner on May 6, 1988.

          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, the DHCR 
          is required to order a rent reduction, upon application by a 
          tenant, where it found that an owner has failed to maintain 
          required services.

          The Commissioner finds that the tenants' petition does not 
          establish any basis for modifying or revoking the Administrator's 
          order which determined that, based on the inspection results, the 
          owner was maintaining required services and that a rent reduction 
          was not warranted.  If an infestation problem still exists within 
          the tenant's apartment, the tenant is advised to file an individual 
          apartment services complaint.  According to the Division's records, 
          no such complaint has been filed at any time since the order 
          appealed herein was issued.  

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, 
          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.

          ISSUED:









                                                                            
                                                    JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                    DEPUTY COMMISSIONER
    

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