STATE OF NEW YORK
DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
92-31 UNION HALL STREET
JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433
IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
APPEAL OF DOCKET NO.: DA610045RO
MANOR MANAGEMENT DOCKET NO.: BK610468S
ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
The above-named owner filed a timely petition for
administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing
accommodation known as 155 West 162 St., Apt. 5M, Bronx, NY.
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 tenant commenced the proceeding below by filing a
complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain
services in the subject apartment.
In an answer, the owner denied the allegations set forth in
the complaint or otherwise asserted that all required repairs had
been or will be completed.
Thereafter an inspection of the subject apartment was
conducted by a D.H.C.R inspector who confirmed the existence of the
following defective conditions: bedroom ceiling is water stained,
bathroom cold water faucet leaks, living room and bedroom radiators
are missing knobs.
The Rent Administrator directed restoration of these services
and further ordered a reduction of the stabilization rent.
In the petition for administrative review, the owner states,
in substance, that the defective items cited in the Administrator's
order are minor and should not warrant a rent reduction.
The DHCR served a copy of the petition on the tenant on
February 23, 1989.
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 the rent reduction, upon application by
the tenant, where it is found that the owner has failed to maintain
required services. The owner's petition does not establish any
basis for modifying or revoking the Administrator's order which
determined that the owner was not maintaining required services
based on a physical inspection confirming the existence of
defective conditions in the subject apartment for which a rent
reduction is warranted.
The Commissioner notes that the Administrator issued an order
on July 21, 1989 denying the owner's rent restoration application.
The owner may file another rent restoration application if the
facts so warrant.
The automatic stay of the retroactive rent abatement that
resulted by the filing of this petition is vacated upon issuance of
this order and opinion.
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, affirmed.
Joseph A. D'Agosta