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

          -------------------------------------X   ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE      DOCKET NO.:  DC530100RO
          APPEAL OF
                    MANHATTAN MANSIONS
                                                   RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                   DOCKET NO.:  ZBJ530095OM

                                   PETITIONER
          -------------------------------------X

          ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          On March 8, 1989, the above named petitioner-owner timely filed a 
          petition for administrative review (PAR) against an order issued on 
          February 6, 1989, by the Rent Administrator, 92-31 Union Hall 
          Street, Jamaica, New York, concerning the housing accommodations 
          known as 624 West 207th Street, New York, New York, various 
          apartments.

          The owner commenced this proceeding on October 5, 1987, by filing 
          an application for a rent increase based on steam cleaning the 
          front of the building.

          On February 6, 1989, the Rent Administrator denied the application 
          and stated that the work performed did not constitute a major 
          capital improvement, but rather repairs and maintenance.

          On appeal, the petitioner-owner states, in substance, that the 
          installation does meet the criteria for an MCI rent increase and 
          cites three New York City Conciliation and Appeals Board (CAB) 
          decisions (Opinion numbers 12730,15660 and 22,357) in support of 
          this contention.

          After a careful consideration of the entire evidence of the record, 
          the Commissioner is of the opinion that this administrative appeal 
          should be denied.

          The Commissioner finds that the Administrator's denial of the 
          owner's application was correct as steam cleaning alone cannot be 
          deemed an MCI.  The cost for steam cleaning has been allowed where 
          (unlike here) it was done in conjunction with a comprehensive 
          building-wide pointing and waterproofing project, as was the case 
          in the three CAB opinion (opinion numbers 12730,15660 and 22,357) 
          cited by the owner.  In this case there was no pointing and 
          waterproofing work done.













          ADMIN. REVIEW DOCKET NO. DC-530100-RO 

          On the basis of the entire evidence of record, it is found that the 
          Administrator's order is correct and should be affirmed.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Rent 
          Stabilization Law and Code, the Rent and Eviction Regulations for 
          the City of New York, and Operational Bulletin 84-1, it is

          ORDERED, that this Administrative Appeal 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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