OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                                DOCKET NO.: EA410329RO    
                                                   (Refile of DK410188RO) 
          Vickers Management Corp., 
                                                   RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                   DOCKET NO.: CI410374S           
                                                   SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                                       712 W. 175. St.
                                                       Apt. 2E
                                                       NY, NY


            The above-named owner refiled and perfected a timely petition for 
            administrative review of an order issued on October 30, 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 September 22, 1988 by filing 
            a complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain 
            services in the subject apartment.

            On October 5, 1988, DHCR duly served the owner with a copy of the 

            Thereafter,  an on-site inspection of the apartment was conducted on 
            October 17, 1989 by a DHCR inspector who confirmed the existence of 
            defective conditions.

            By an order dated October 30, 1989, the Administrator directed the 
            restoration of services and ordered a reduction of the stabilized 

            In its petition for administrative review, the owner contends that 
            it was never made aware of the tenant's complaint and that it is now 
            repairing the conditions.

            In answer, the tenant asserted that the only repair done by the 
            owner so far was the bathroom light and numerous conditions still 
            remain. The tenant also stated he informed the owner of these 
            conditions prior to filing the complaint.


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

            The record clearly shows that on October 5, 1988, DHCR duly served 
            the owner with a copy of the complaint. In addition, the tenant  
            stated he informed the owner of these conditions prior to filing the 
            complaint. The Commissioner finds that any allegation by the owner 
            to the contrary is unsubstantiated and without merit.

            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 

            The owner's 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 October 
            17, 1989 on-site inspection which confirmed the existence of 
            defective conditions, warranting a rent reduction. Accordingly, the 
            determination was in all respects proper and is hereby sustained.
            The owner may file a rent restoration application if the facts so 

            The automatic stay of the retroactive rent abatement 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.


                                            JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                            Deputy Commissioner


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