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.:
                                                  EA210197RO
                                                                           
          EUNICE MATTHEW,                         RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                                  DE210033OR 

                                                  PREMISES: Apt.1
                                                  132 Lafayette Ave.
                                                  Brooklyn, 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 December 7, 1989 concerning the 
          housing accommodations relating to the above-described docket 
          number.

          The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in the record and 
          has carefully considered that portion of the record relevant to the 
          issues raised in this petition. 

          The owner commenced the proceeding by filing an application dated 
          January 3, 1989 in order to restore rent based on the restoration 
          of services for which a rent reduction order was issued on August 
          23, 1988.

          On May 23, 1989, DHCR transmitted a copy of the application to the 
          tenant.

          Thereafter, a physical inspection of the subject apartment was 
          conducted on November 9, 1989 by a DHCR staff member who confirmed 
          that the closet tiles or linoleum was curled or twisted from the 
          floor.

          By an order dated December 7, 1989, the Administrator denied the 
          owner's rent restoration application.

          In the petition for administrative review, the owner contends that 













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          the closet floors were repaired in January 1989, and the tenant 
          vandalized the floors to reduce the rent.

          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.

          Pursuant to Section 2523.4 of the Rent Stabilization Code, DHCR is 
          authorized to order a rent reduction upon the tenant's application 
          where it is found that the owner failed to maintain required 
          services.

          The petition offered no reason to revoke or modify the 
          Administrator's determination based on the November 9, 1989 
          inspection which confirmed the continued existence of defective 
          closet tiles and linoleum, warranting the denial of the owner's 
          rent restoration application. The Commissioner finds the claim that 
          the tenant vandalized the floor as unsubstantiated and unsupported 
          by the record.

          Accordingly, the order appealed from was in all respects proper and 
          is hereby sustained.

          The owner may apply for another rent restoration if the facts so 
          warrant.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code,  
          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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