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.: EA210209R0 
                                                                      
           
          Sicherman Mgmt.,                        RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.: CH210289S      
                                                     
                          PETITIONER              PREMISES:
                                                     Apt. 16
                                                     85 Crooke Ave.    
                                                     Brooklyn, NY            
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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 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 this administrative appeal.

          This proceeding was commenced on August 9, 1988 by the tenant filing 
          a complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain various 
          services including, but not limited to, the falling plaster around 
          the apartment entrance door done in an unworkmanlike manner.

          In answer, the owner asserted in relevant part that "the apartment 
          entrance door was properly plastered".

          On October 21, 1989, a physical inspection of the apartment was 
          conducted by a DHCR staff member who confirmed that the plaster 
          around the apartment door had large cracks, missing plaster and 
          peeling paint.

          By an order dated December 12, 1989, 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 
          it was never notified of the need for door repair.
          EA210209RO


















          In answer, the tenant denied the owner's allegation in 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.

          In the instant case, the record clearly shows that the owner knew 
          about the condition from the complaint. The petition does not 
          establish any basis for modifying or revoking the Administrator's 
          order which determined that the owner failed to maintain required 
          services, based on an October 21, 1989 on-site inspection confirming 
          the existence of the defective condition which warrant a rent 
          reduction. Accordingly, the determination was in all respects 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.








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                                                  JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                  Deputy Commissioner
    

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