CE410291RO
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                      DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                                  JAMAICA, NY 11433





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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE          ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.: CE410291RO
                                                       (Refile of CD410007RO)
                    Lee Pokoik,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.: BG410518S
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          The above-named owner filed and perfected a timely petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued on April 14, 1988 
          concerning the housing accommodations known as 234 East 82 Street, 
          Apartment 1FE, New York, New York, wherein the Rent Administrator 
          determined that certain conditions in the subject building 
          constituted a services decrease.

          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 petition.

          The tenant commenced this proceeding by filing a complaint 
          asserting that the owner had eliminated a laundry  room in the 
          subject building.

          In an answer, the owner asserted that the apartment and the laundry 
          room were created after January 1974, and are not subject to the 
          provisions of the Rent Stabilization Law and Code.  A Certificate 
          of Occupancy (C of O) issued as of March 14, 1975 was submitted.  
          The C of O indicated in pertinent part that the premises were an 
          Old Law Tenement Class "A" Multiple Dwelling with eighteen (18) 
          residential apartments.

          On April 14, 1988, the Rent Administrator issued an order finding 
          that the owner was required to maintain services pursuant to 
          Section 2520.6(r) of the Rent Stabilization Code (Code) and 
          directing the owner to restore laundry room service.  The Rent 
          Administrator did not grant the complaining tenant a rent reduction.
          In the petition for administrative review the owner reiterates only 
          that the laundry room was created after January 1, 1974, but does 












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          not otherwise challenge the Rent Administrator's order.  Although 
          the complaint and order below involved only one stabilized tenant, 
          the owner listed several tenants in the petition.

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
          that the petition should be denied.

          Section 2520.6(r) of the Rent Stabilization Code defines required 
          services as those services which the owner was maintaining or was 
          required to maintain on the applicable base date and any additional 
          space or services provided or required to be provided thereafter.  
          For accommodations subject to the Rent Stabilization Law on June 
          30, 1974, the base date for required services is May 31, 1968 for 
          building-wide services.

          The record below and DHCR registration records indicate that the 
          subject premises is a multiple dwelling, that it presently contains 
          at least 25 residential type "A" units of which three (3) are 
          registered as rent stabilized, three are listed as rent controlled 
          apartments, and several are denominated as new units.  There is no 
          explanation on the record for any unit to be exempt from rent 
          regulation.

          The record, including the owner's statements below and on appeal, 
          that a laundry room was provided after January 1, 1974, indicates 
          that the laundry room was a service the owner provided, which the 
          owner must continue.  

          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:




                                                                     
                                             LULA M. ANDERSON
                                             Deputy Commissioner  
    

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