CD510029RO
                                  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.:  CD510029RO 
                                                  
          FT. TRYON APARTMENTS                    RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: BG510823S
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                       AND REVOKING RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S ORDER

               On April 5, 1988 the above named petitioner-owner filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued March 1, 1988.  The order concerned housing 
          accommodations known as Apt. 7A located at 4489 Broadway, New York, 
          N.Y.  The Administrator directed restoration of services and 
          ordered a rent reduction for failure to maintain required services.  

               The Commissioner has reviewed the record and carefully 
          considered that portion relevant to the issues raised by this 
          appeal.

               The tenant commenced this proceeding on June 1, 1987 by filing 
          a Statement of Complaint of Decrease in Services wherein he 
          alleged, in sum, that the owner was not maintaining required 
          services.  The complaint was served on the owner at the address set 
          forth in the complaint. The owner did not file a response.
           
               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          apartment.  The inspection was conducted on January 14, 1988 which 
          confirmed the allegations set forth in the complaint.  the 
          Administrator issued the order here under review on March 1, 1988 
          and ordered a rent reduction based on the inspector's report.

               On appeal the owner states that it was never properly served 
          with a copy of the complaint.  The petition was served on the 
          tenant on May 23, 1988.
           
               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be granted 
          and the order here under review should be revoked.

               A review of DHCR records confirms the owner's allegation to 












          CD510029RO

          the effect that the complaint was not properly served at the 
          address on file with the Division in 1987.  Since the owner was not 
          given proper notice of the complaint and an opportunity to be 
          heard, the resulting order is defective and must be revoked. The 
          Commissioner notes that the owner's rent restoration application, 
          which was assigned Docket No. CD410004OR, has been granted by the 
          Administrator.

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code it 
          is  

               ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, 
          granted, and that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same 
          hereby is, revoked. Any arrears owed by the tenant as a result of 
          this order and opinion may be repaid in twenty-four (24) equal 
          monthly installments or immediately if the tenant vacates.

          ISSUED:



                                                                             
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner
                                   
    

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