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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: CL110172RO
          39-60 54TH STREET OWNER'S CORP.         RENT
                                                  NO.: CD130082B


               On December 22, 1988 the above named petitioner-owner filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued on November 21, 1988. The order concerned 
          housing accommodations known as Apt. 1B located at 39-60 54th 
          Street, Woodside, N.Y.  The Administrator issued an order denying 
          the tenant's building-wide services complaint, ruling that the 
          owner was not required to maintain a doorman or storage space but 
          directing the owner to restore all lobby furniture removed prior to 
          renovation of the subject lobby within 20 days of the order or show 
          cause why the subject owner can not.  No rent reduction was 

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

               This proceeding was commenced on April 19, 1988 when one 
          tenant of this 235 unit building filed a Statement of Complaint of 
          Decrease in Building-Wide Services and alleged that the owner was 
          not maintaining certain building-wide services.

               The owner was served with a copy of the complaint and afforded 
          an opportunity to respond. A response was filed on June 7, 1988 
          wherein the Administrator was notified that the building was under 
          cooperative ownership, that the doorman's hours have not been 
          changed, that the lobby is being renovated, that there is and has 
          always been a service entrance to the building and that a bicycle 
          room is not a base date service required to be provided.  The party 
          filing the response stated that it was not the manager of the 
          building and would forward the complaint to the proper manager.
               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          building.  The inspection was conducted on September 21, 1988 and 


          revealed that there was no evidence of a doorman, lobby furniture 
          or storage space.

               The Administrator issued the order hereunder review on 
          November 21, 1988.  The tenant's application was denied based on 
          the inspection and evidence in the record which revealed that 
          doorman and storage space are not required services. The 
          Administrator also directed the owner to replace the lobby 
          furniture that had been removed.

               On appeal the owner states that the lobby has been redecorated 
          to the satisfaction of the tenants. The petition was served on the 
          tenant on January 30, 1989.
               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be granted 
          and the order hereunder review should be revoked.

               The tenant's complaint alleged that furniture was being 
          removed from the lobby.  The owner answered that the lobby was 
          being renovated and the inspector reported that there was no 
          furniture at the time of the inspection.  There was never any 
          investigation by the Administrator as to what, if any, furniture 
          was formerly located in the lobby and, therefore, no notice to the 
          owner regarding the number and type of pieces to be restored.  
          Moreover, it is evident from the record that the lobby was in a 
          state of renovation which may have necessitated the temporary 
          removal of all furniture.  Therefore, the order hereunder review 
          should be revoked.

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code it 

               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.


                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner

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