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                                  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.: CE410061RO
                                                  
          ELSIE COULSON BLOCH                     RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: BI410256S
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                       AND REVOKING RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S ORDER

               On May 19, 1988 the above-named petitioner-owner filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued April 26, 1988. The order concerned housing 
          accommodations known as Apt. 3A located at 38 E. 75th Street, 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 September 8, 1987 by 
          filing a Statement of Complaint of Decrease in Services   wherein 
          she alleged, in sum, that the owner was not maintaining certain 
          required apartment services.

               The owner was served with a copy of the complaint and afforded 
          an opportunity to respond. The owner filed a response on November 
          9, 1987 and stated that the tenant was not paying her rent, that 
          the Supreme Court was adjudicating questions regarding the 
          complainant's tenancy, that the DHCR should defer to the court and 
          that, therefore, the complaint should be dismissed.

               The tenant filed a reply on February 22, 1988 and stated that 
          the owner's response was without merit and that the complaint 
          should be processed.
           
               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          apartment.  The inspection was conducted on March 15, 1988 and 
          revealed the following:

                    1.   Walls and ceilings throughout the apartment are 












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                    peeling paint and plaster,

                    2.   Carpet in living room is torn and worn,

                    3.   Defective living room venetian blinds,

                    4.   Kitchen linoleum is broken and cracked.

               The Administrator issued the order here under review on April 
          26, 1988 and ordered a rent reduction based on the report of the 
          inspector.

               On appeal the owner supplied the Commissioner with a copy of 
          a Stipulation of Settlement between it and the complaining tenant 
          in Supreme Court.  The tenant agreed, among other things, to 
          withdraw all proceedings before this agency.  The Division's 
          records reveal that the tenant has vacated the subject apartment, 
          apparently pursuant to this settlement.

               After careful review of the evidence in the record and the 
          above mentioned Stipulation of Settlement, the Commissioner is of 
          the opinion that the petition should be granted and the order here 
          under review should be revoked.  

               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.  

          ISSUED:



                                                                             
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner
                                                                         
    

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