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.: EA210202RO    
                                                         
          CIRO LOCASCIO,  
                                                      RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                   DOCKET NO.: CI210502S           
                             PETITIONER  
                                                   SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                                       6607 17 Ave.
                                                       Apt. 4
                                                       Brooklyn, NY
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               ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

            The above-named owner filed timely petition for administrative 
            review of an order issued on January 11, 1990 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 September 27, 1988 by filing 
            a complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain 
            services in the subject apartment.

            In answer, the owner denied the allegations in the complaint and 
            otherwise asserted that the tenant refused access. 

            An on-site inspection of the apartment was conducted on December 20, 
            1989 by a DHCR inspector who confirmed that the bathtub required 
            grouting and the oven door did not close.

            By an order dated January 11, 1990, the Administrator directed the 
            restoration of services and ordered a reduction of the stabilized 
            rent.

            In the petition for administrative review, the owner contends that 
            the conditions mentioned in the Administrator's order were corrected 
            in November 1988.

            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.



            EA210202RO










            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 contention that the conditions were corrected in 
            November 1988 is unsubstantiated and without merit. The petition 
            does not establish any basis for modifying or revoking the 
            Administrator's determination that the owner was not maintaining 
            required services based on the results of the December 20, 1989 on- 
            site inspection which confirmed the existence of defective 
            conditions, warranting a rent reduction. The determination was in 
            all respects proper and is hereby sustained.

            The automatic stay of the retroactive rent reduction that resulted 
            by the filing of this petition is vacated upon issuance of this 
            Order and Opinion.

            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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