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

          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.: DD410029RO

                    DLC Associates, L.P.,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.: CB410704S



          On April 4, 1989 the above-named petitioner-owner filed a petition 
          for administrative review of an order issued on March 1, 1989 by 
          the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing accommodation known 
          as 88 Second Avenue, Apt. 5, New York, New York, wherein the 
          Administrator determined that the owner had failed to maintain 
          required services, reduced the rent and directed the owner to 
          restore 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 administrative appeal.

          This proceeding was commenced by the filing by the tenant of a 
          complaint of a decrease in services on February 22, 1988, alleging 
          that the apartment had not been painted since 1984, that her 
          ceiling has collapsed due to a renovation above, and problems with 
          the ceilings and walls of an unspecified nature.

          An inspection conducted by a DHCR staff inspector on February 13, 
          1989 disclosed severe peeling paint and plaster, as well as bulged, 
          stained, and cracked plaster due to leaks.  The Administrator 
          issued an order on March 1, 1989 finding that the subject apartment 
          is water damaged with peeling paint and plaster throughout, 
          reducing the rent, and directing the owner to restore the services.

          In the PAR, the owner contends that it was not served in the 
          proceeding below and that a visit to the apartment after the 


          Administrator's order was issued, revealed that there is absolutely 
          no water damage or peeling paint and plaster in the apartment and 
          furthermore that such condition has never existed.

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

          The Commissioner rejects the owner's contention that it was never 
          served in the proceeding below.

          The owner was served with a copy of the tenant's complaint on April 
          28, 1988.  However, the record does not contain the owner's answer, 
          if any was filed.

          The Commissioner also rejects the owner's statements that the 
          condition or conditions complained of by the tenant, and confirmed 
          by the Division's inspector, do not exist and never have.

          The report filed by the inspector, an employee of the Division who 
          is not a party to this proceeding, was properly placed in the 
          record for consideration by the Administrator.  The report 
          describes the condition of peeling paint and broken plaster with 
          visible leak damage throughout the apartment.  The Commissioner 
          notes that although the owner denies existence of this visible 
          condition, he has offered no evidence of his disclaimer.

          The Commissioner finds that the evidence of record adequately 
          supports the Administrator's order.

          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, 



                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner  

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