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

          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.:
                    Patricia Lewis,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.:


          On June 15, 1988, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a 
          petition for administrative review of an order issued on May 18, 
          1988 by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 40 East 17 Street, Apt. 2B, Brooklyn, N.Y., 
          wherein the Administrator determined that a rent reduction was not 
          warranted but directed the owner to restore the service by 
          correcting the condition of a missing bedroom door.

          The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in the record and 
          has carefully considered that portion of the record relevant to the 
          issue raised by the administrative appeal.

          This proceeding was commenced by the filing by the tenant of a 
          complaint of decrease in services dated September 12, 1987.  The 
          tenant listed numerous apartment conditions requiring repair, 
          including "door broken off hinges in bedroom."

          An inspection conducted by a DHCR inspector on March 16, 1988 
          disclosed that all conditions had been corrected with the exception 
          that there was no bedroom door.  The Administrator's order of May 
          18, 1988 directed the owner to restore the service, but otherwise 
          did not grant a rent reduction.

          In the petition for administrative review, the tenant asserts that 
          she should receive a rent reduction "because of the amount of time 
          which had past and no action was taken."

          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, DHCR is 
          required to order a rent reduction, upon application by a tenant, 
          where it is found that an owner has failed to maintain required 
          services.  A rent reduction is ordered only if the evidence 
          establishes that services are not being maintained at the time the 
          order is issued, and is not designed to compensate tenants for past 

          Based on the facts in this case, including the report of inspection 
          which confirmed that numerous repairs had been made to 
          substantially all the conditions in the complaint, the Commissioner 
          finds that the Administrator properly directed the condition be 
          corrected without a rent reduction, and that such decision was not 
          arbitrary, improper, or an abuse of discretion.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code 
          and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974, 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, 


                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner  

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