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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: DA210179RO
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: CA210263S

               On  January 3, 1989 the above named petitioner-owner timely 
          refiled a Petition for Administrative Review against an order of 
          the Rent Administrator issued November 17, 1988. The order 
          concerned housing accommodations known as Apt 1F located at 50 
          Kenilworth Place, Brooklyn, 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 

               The tenant commenced this proceeding on January 19, 1988 by 
          filing a complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain 
          certain required services in the subject apartment including the 
          master TV antenna.

               The owner was served with a copy of the complaint and afforded 
          an opportunity to respond. The owner filed a response on March 15, 
          1988 and asserted that all required repairs had been or will be 
               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          apartment.  The inspection was conducted on October 12, 1988.  The 
          inspection confirmed that the master antenna is inoperative.

               The Administrator issued the order here under review on 
          November 17, 1988 and ordered a reduction of the stabilized rent.

               On appeal the owner states, in sum, that repairs to the 
          antenna have been completed.  The petition was served on the tenant 
          on March 29, 1989. 


               The tenant filed a response on March 27, 1989 and stated, in 
          substance, that the order here under review was correctly issued 
          and should be affirmed because the master antenna was in need of 
          repair from August 1987 until January 1989 when it was finally in 
          operative order.
               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be denied.

               Pursuant to Section 2523.4 of the Rent Stabilization Code a 
          tenant may apply to the DHCR for a rent reduction and the 
          Administrator shall reduce the rent based on a finding that the 
          owner has failed to maintain required services.  The definition of 
          required services includes repairs and maintenance.  The 
          Commissioner finds that the Administrator based this determination 
          on the entire record including the results of the on-site physical 
          inspection described above.  The owner's petition does not 
          establish any basis for modifying or revoking the order.  The order 
          is, therefore, affirmed.

               The automatic stay of the retroactive rent abatement which 
          resulted by the filing of this petition is vacated upon issuance of 
          this order and opinion.  The owner's rent restoration application 
          (Docket No. EC210018OR) has been granted by the Administrator.

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code it 

               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.


                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner

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