ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO. DB 230075 RO
                                  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. DB 230075 RO  
                                               
                                              :  DISTRICT RENT              
                                                 ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET NO.
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             AUGEAN MANAGEMENT               
                                                  

                              PETITIONER      : 
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


               On February 3, 1989, the above-named owner  timely  filed  a
          petition for administrative review of an order issued on December 
          9, 1988 by  a  District  Rent  Administrator  concerning  various
          housing accommodations known as 560 Prospect Place, Brooklyn, New 
          York, wherein rent was reduced due to a diminution of service. 

               The Commissioner has reviewed all of  the  evidence  in  the
          record and has carefully considered that portion  of  the  record
          relevant to the issues raised by the petition for review.  

               On December 16, 1987 several tenants  filed  an  application
          for a rent reduction based on  the  owner's  alleged  failure  to
          maintain certain building-wide  services  alleging,  among  other
          things, that the entrance doors had no locks.  

               On January 29, 1988 the owner interposed an  answer  to  the
          tenants' complaint wherein it alleged that  certain  defects  had
          been corrected.  The  owner's  answer  made  no  mention  of  the
          entrance doors. 

               On  February  25,  1988  and  September  7,  1988   physical
          inspections of the subject  building  were  carried  out  by  the
          Division  of  Housing  and  Community  Renewal  (D.H.C.R.).   The
          inspector, in his report dated February 25, 1988, noted that 




          the lock on the entrance door  was  defective.   The  inspector's
          report dated September 7,  1988,  noted  that  the  entrance  and
          vestibule door locks were loose,  and  that  the  main  door  was
          missing a door knob.

               On December 9, 1988 the District Rent  Administrator  issued
          the order here under review finding that a diminution of services 
          had occurred and reducing the  tenants'  rent  to  the  level  in






          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO. DB 230075 RO
          effect prior to the last rent guideline increase which  commenced
          before the effective da e  of  the  rent  reduction.   The  rent-
          controlled  tenants'  rent  was  reduced  by  $5.00  per   month,
          effective on the first rent payment day  following  the  issuance
          date of the Administrator's order.

               The owner's petition states that repairs were completed.  

               To its petition the owner attaches a bill  for  the  alleged
          repairs.

               A tenant submits an answer to the  owner's  petition,  dated
          July 21, 1989, stating  that  the  entrance  door  has  not  been
          repaired. 

               After careful consideration,  the  Commissioner  is  of  the
          opinion that the owner's petition should be denied. 

               As the owner raises the issue of the alleged repairs of  the
          entrance door for the first time upon administrative review,  and
          the owner does not explain why it did not raise this issue in the 
          proceeding  before the District Rent Administrator, this issue is 
          outside  the  scope  of  the  Commissioner's   review   in   this
          proceeding.  

               The Commissioner notes that the owner's separate application 
          for a restoration of rent was denied on November 16, 1990,  under
          Docket No.  EF  230070-OR,  based  in  part  upon  an  inspection
          conducted on October 22, 1990 the report of which indicated  that
          the vestibule door and door lock were defective and that the main 
          door was still missing the door knob.

               The  Commissioner  further  notes  that  an  inspection  was
          conducted on August 14, 1989, by the compliance Unit of  D.H.C.R.
          The inspector noted in his report that the entrance  door's  door
          knob was missing, and that the vestibule  door  locking  part  is
          missing. 

               Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that the Administrator's 
          order should be affirmed.


               THEREFORE, in accordance with  the  Rent  Stabilization  Law
          and Code, the City Rent and Rehabilitation Law, and the New  York
          City Rent and Eviction Regulations, it is 

               ORDERED, that this petition be,  and  the  same  hereby  is,
          denied, and that the District Rent Administrator's order be,  and
          the same hereby is, affirmed.

          ISSUED:





                                                                        
                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Deputy Commissioner






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