STATE OF NEW YORK
DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
92-31 UNION HALL STREET
JAMAICA, NY 11433
IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
APPEAL OF DOCKET NO.:
140 West Equities,
140 West 71st Street
New York, N.Y.
ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
The above-named owner filed a timely petition for administrative
review of an order issued on March 24, 1989, concerning the above-
described housing accommodations.
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 this proceeding on February 19, 1988, by
filing a complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain
certain services in the subject apartment.
In answer, the owner asserted in substance that all repairs were
On March 14, 1989, an inspection of the subject apartment was
conducted by a DHCR staff member who confirmed the existence of
By an order dated March 24, 1989, the Administrator directed the
restoration of services and ordered a rent reduction.
In this petition, the owner contends in substance that all work was
done. Copies of work orders and an acknowledgement from the tenant
were submitted with the petition.
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
authorized to order a rent reduction, upon application by a tenant,
where it is found that an owner has failed to maintain required
services. The owner's petition does not establish any basis to
modify or revoke the Administrator's determination based on the
March 14, 1989 inspection which confirmed the existence of
defective conditions, warranting a rent reduction.
The Commissioner notes that the copies of the work orders and
tenant acknowledgment which concerned the conditions specified in
the Administrator's order were submitted for the first time with
this petition and so are beyond the scope of review, which is
limited to those issues and evidence that had been before the
The rent will be restored only when an owner's application to
restore the rent is filed and granted. The owner is advised to
file such an application if the facts so warrant.
The automatic stay of the retroactive rent abatement that resulted
from 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 Operational Bulletin 84-1, it is
ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, denied, and
that the Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is,
LULA M. ANDERSON