CI220178RO


                                  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.: CI220178RO    
                                                                             
                         
          125 Eastern Parkway Associates          RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: CB220708S 
                                  PETITIONER            
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          ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW IN 
                    PART AND MODIFYING RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S ORDER
                                          
          On September 12, 1988 the above named petitioner-owner filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review of an order issued on August 11, 
          1988, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as Apt. 2F, 125 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 
          wherein the Rent Administrator found that the owner was not 
          maintaining required services, directed restoration of such 
          services, and ordered a rent reduction.

          The Commissioner has reviewed the record and carefully considered 
          that portion relevant to the issues raised by this appeal.
           
          A review of the record reveals that on February 29, 1988,
          the tenant filed a statement of complaint of decrease in services 
          in which she alleged that there were numerous conditions throughout 
          her apartment that required repairs.  
           
In answer to the complaint, the owner stated that certain repairs 
have been made in the tenant's apartment and that any additional 
problems will be addressed as soon as possible.

A physical inspection by DHCR on May 26, 1988 revealed that the 
apartment entrance door lock was defective, the bedroom ceiling and 
wall had peeling paint and plaster, and the top sashes of the new 
windows do not remain up.

For these conditions, the Rent Administrator reduced the maximum 
legal rent for this rent controlled apartment by $16.00 ($5.00 for 
the defective door lock, $2.00 for the bedroom ceiling and wall, 
and $9.00 for the windows).
 
In the petition for administrative review, the owner asserts that 
this complaint was a duplicate of a previous complaint and all 
services have since been restored and/or corrected.












          The petition was served on the tenant on October 26, 1988.  The 
          tenant's answer urges that the petition be denied because the owner 
          has not specified how the order appealed is repetitive or what 
          services have been restored.      

          After careful consideration of the evidence of record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be granted 
          in part and the Administrator's order should be modified.
            
          The Division's records reveal that the tenant has filed several 
          complaints and has received prior rent reduction orders for some of 
          the same conditions cited in the order appealed herein. In Docket 
          No. KC002355S, a rent reduction was ordered on January 29, 1986 for 
          "windows allow air seepage and do not lock" which has not been 
          restored.  In Docket No. AG220514S, a rent reduction was ordered 
          for drafty windows ($10.25) and peeling paint and plaster on the 
          apartment walls (10% of maximum legal rent).  The rent reduction 
          for the walls was restored in Docket No. CH220112OR issued on April 
          18, 1989 and the reduction for the windows was restored in Docket 
          No. FJ220185OR issued on August 19, 1992.

          Accordingly, the Commissioner is of the opinion that the $2.00 rent 
          reduction in the order appealed herein for the bedroom ceiling and 
          wall must be revoked because this condition is included in the 10% 
          rent reduction for peeling paint and plaster throughout the 
          apartment.  The $9.00 rent reduction for the windows must also be 
          revoked because there was already in existence a rent reduction of 
          $10.25 for this condition.  The only condition not cited in 
          previous orders is the defective entrance door lock which is 
          affirmed and which the owner should seek restoration by filing a 
          restoration application with the Division.

          Therefore, in accordance with the Rent and Eviction Regulations for 
          New York City, it is

          ORDERED that this petition be and the same hereby is granted in 
          part and the Rent Administrator's order be and the same hereby is 
          modified to revoke the $2.00 rent reduction for the bedroom ceiling 
          and wall and the $9.00 reduction for the windows, but the $5.00 
          reduction for the apartment entrance door lock is affirmed. 

          ISSUED:


                                                                             
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner
                                   
    

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