DG 610075-RO

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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:   
                                                  DG 610075-RO               
                   BERNARD PUTTER,                     
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S      
                                                  DOCKET NO.: 
                                  PETITIONER      CH 630038-B


            On June 30, 1989, the above-named petitioner-owner filed a petition 
            for administrative review of an order issued on June 1, 1989, by 
            the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing accommodation known 
            as 1540 Pelham Parkway, Apt. 5-C, Bronx, New York, wherein the 
            Administrator reduced the rent by $6.00 per month for the subject 
            apartment upon a finding of a decrease in services.

            The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in the record and 
            has carefully considered that portion of the record relevant to the 
            issue raised by the administrative appeal.

            This proceeding was commenced by the filing by one tenant of a com- 
            plaint of a decrease in services building-wide.  An inspection by 
            the Division confirmed the existence of some of the complained of 
            conditions and an order reducing the rent was issued on June 1, 
            1989.  The order was mailed back to the Division by the tenant with 
            a note advising that she had moved out of the apartment.

            In its PAR, the owner contends only that the tenant has withdrawn 
            the complaint, and has vacated the apartment owing 4 months rent.

            The Commissioner is of the opinion that this PAR should be denied.

            The letter from the tenant withdrawing the complaint which accom- 
            panied the owners PAR is dated June 15, 1989 after the date of the 
            Administrator's order.  

          DG 610075-RO

            An order reducing the rent remains in effect even though the tenant 
            has moved out of the apartment, until such time as there is an 
            order restoring the rent. 

            Based on the record the Commissioner finds that the Administrator 
            correctly determined that the owner had failed to maintain services 
            and properly reduced the rent.

            This Order and Opinion is issued without prejudice to the owner's 
            right to file an application for a restoration of rents based upon 
            the restoration of services if the facts so warrant.

            THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent Stabiliza- 
            tion Law and Code, the City Rent Control Law, and the Rent and 
            Eviction Regulations, it is,

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


                                               JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                               Deputy Commissioner


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