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

          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.: CD110167RT

                    Sydney Kalikow
                    c/o Kaled Mgt. Corp.,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.: BK110165S


          On April 19, 1988, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a 
          petition for administrative review of an order issued on March 29, 
          1988, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 69-39 Yellowstone Boulevard, Apt. 212, 
          Forest Hills, New York, wherein the Administrator determined that 
          a reduction in rent was not warranted and denied the tenant's 

          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 administrative appeal.

          The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator properly denied 
          the owner's application for a rent reduction.

          On November 12, 1987, the tenant filed a complaint alleging that 
          the owner was not maintaining refrigerator services.

          The owner filed an answer to the complaint alleging that the tenant 
          was provided with a brand new 13 cubic foot refrigerator which 
          operated perfectly.

          A DHCR inspection conducted on January 6, 1988, revealed that there 
          was a new 13.4 cubic foot refrigerator in the apartment which was 
          in perfect working order.

          On appeal, the petitioner-tenant asserted, in pertinent part, that 
          the inspector erred insofar as the refrigerator freezer is 


          deficient and the refrigerator is smaller than the one it replaced.

          The petition was served on the owner on June 6, 1988 and on June 
          20, 1988 the owner filed an answer to the petition stating that the 
          refrigerator worked properly and that the DHCR inspection supported 
          this claim.

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

          Pursuant to Section 2523.4(a) of the Rent Stabilization Code, a 
          tenant may apply to the Division of Housing and Community Renewal 
          (DHCR) for reduction of the legal regulated rent to the level in 
          effect prior to the most recent guidelines adjustment, and the DHCR 
          shall so reduce the rent for the period or which it is found that 
          the owner has failed to maintain required services.

          Required services are defined in Section 2520.6(r) to include 
          repairs and maintenance.

          The record clearly shows that the Rent Administrator in denying the 
          tenant's application for a rent reduction, based his findings on 
          the results of an inspection, held by the DHCR on January 6, 1988, 
          which revealed that the owner was providing all required services 
          specified in the tenant's complaint.

          The Commissioner deems it appropriate to rely on the results of the 
          Division's inspection and finds that the petitioner failed to 
          adduce convincing evidence that the inspector's findings were 
          erroneous in any way.

          The Commissioner notes that the owner has consistently alleged that 
          the new refrigerator installed in the subject apartment was the 
          same size as the refrigerator removed from the subject apartment 
          and that 13 cubic feet is the same size refrigerator used in all 
          similar sized apartments in the building.

          This order is without prejudice to the tenant's continuing right to 
          file an appropriate application with the DHCR for a rent reduction 
          if the facts so warrant.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent 
          Stabilization Law and Code, it is

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, denied and 


          that the Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 


                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner  


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