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.:DH110028RO     
                                                        
          Kreisel Co. c/o Edward Braverman,        RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                   DOCKET NO.:DE110390S      
                                                       
                                                   SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                                      215-19 48 Avenue
                                                      Apt. 2C
                                                      Bayside, NY     
                                PETITIONER     
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               ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

            The above-named owner filed a timely petition for administrative 
            review of an order issued on July 12, 1989 concerning the housing 
            accommodations relating to the above-described docket number.  

            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 May 19, 1989 by filing a 
            complaint asserting, inter alia, that the owner had failed to 
            properly seal the fuse box after the circuit breakers were 
            installed.

            In answer, the owner asserted that services were restored and, in 
            pertinent part, that there is no power to the fuse box.

            On June 28, 1989, a physical inspection of the subject apartment was 
            conducted by a DHCR staff member who reported in relevant part that 
            the fuse box is not sealed.

            By an order dated July 12, 1989, the Administrator directed the 
            restoration of services and ordered a five dollars ($5.00) rent 
            reduction of the maximum legal rent as a result of the defective 
            fuse box.

            In this petition, the owner contends that the "old" fuse box did not 
            pose any danger, was de minimis in nature and is now sealed and 
            rectified.

            DHCR mailed a copy of the petition to the tenant.

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

            DH110028RO








            Pursuant to Section 2202.16 of the Rent and Eviction Regulations, 
            the Administrator may impose a rent reduction when there has been a 
            reduction in services. The owner's petition does not establish any 
            basis to modify or revoke the Administrator's determination based on 
            the June 28, 1989 inspection which found that the fuse box is not 
            sealed. This condition is not de minimis. There is nothing in the 
            inspection report stating that there is no power or that the fuse is 
            safe. Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that the Administrator's 
            determination which found a defective condition, warranting a rent 
            reduction, was in all respects proper and is hereby sustained.

            The Commissioner notes that the owner's rent restoration application 
            (DH110189OR) was granted on January 24, 1990.

            THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and Eviction Regulations 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, affirmed.



            ISSUED:




                                                                          
                                                  JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                  Deputy Commissioner


    

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