DB610254RT
                                  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.: DB610254RT

                    Nicholas Burks,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.: CD630086B
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          The above-named tenant filed a timely petition for administrative 
          review against an order issued on January 23, 1989 concerning the 
          housing accommodation known as 740 Gerard Avenue, Apartment D124, 
          Bronx, New York, wherein the Rent Administrator determined the 
          tenants' complaint of decreased elevator services.

          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 tenants commenced this proceeding by filing a complaint 
          asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain services in 
          the subject premises in that one of two elevators in the building 
          had been inoperative for almost a year.

          In an answer, the owner asserted that it had entered into a 
          contract to repair, refurbish and rehabilitate the elevators.

          Thereafter, an inspection of the subject premises was conducted by 
          a DHCR inspector who confirmed the elevator services had been 
          restored.  Based on the inspector's report, the Rent Administrator 
          terminated the proceedings.

          In the petition for administrative review, the tenant argues that 
          he is entitled to some compensation for the time the services were 
          reduced.

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
          that the petition for administrative review should be denied.
          The record before the Rent Administrator indicated that the owner 
          was preparing for major repairs to the elevator equipment the month 












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          after the tenant filed the complaint and that repairs were 
          completed.  The inspector reported that the elevators were 
          operating properly at the time of the inspection, conducted six 
          months after the tenant filed the complaint.  The DHCR will not 
          normally grant a rent reduction for a complaint of decreased 
          services where, as here, the Rent Administrator can properly 
          conclude from the evidence presented that repairs have been made 
          and that services are being provided. 

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, 
          and the Rent and Eviction Law and Regulations for New York City, 
          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:






                                                                     
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner  
    

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