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.: EA420276RO    
                                                   (Refile of DK420170RO)    
            
          WHITEYARD INDUSTRIES,  
                                                      RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                   DOCKET NO.: DH420102S           
                             PETITIONER  
                                                   SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                                       325 West 21 St.
                                                       Apt. 18
                                                       New York, NY
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW IN  
                         PART AND MODIFYING ADMINISTRATOR'S ORDER

            The above-named owner refiled and perfected a timely petition for 
            administrative review of an order issued on October 17, 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 August 7, 1989 by filing a 
            complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain 
            services in the subject apartment.

            On August 15, 1989, DHCR transmitted a copy of the complaint to the 
            owner.

            An on-site inspection of the apartment was conducted on September 
            27, 1989 by a DHCR inspector who confirmed that there was missing 
            glass on the upper half of the bedroom window.

            In an answer filed on October 16, 1989, the owner stated that all 
            services were restored. This letter appears not to have been in the 
            Administrator's file at the issuance of the order.

            By an order dated October 17, 1989, the Administrator directed the 
            restoration of services and ordered a reduction of the maximum legal 
            rent by $3.00 per month.

            In the petition for administrative review, the owner contends that 
            all services were restored.


            EA420276RO








            In answer, the tenant wrote in a letter dated March 29, 1990 that 
            the defective condition was repaired subsequent to the order's 
            issuance. 

            After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion that 
            the petition should be granted in part and modified accordingly.

            Pursuant to Section 2202.16 of the Rent and Eviction Regulations, 
            the Rent Administrator may impose a rent reduction when there has 
            been a decrease in essential services, furnishings or equipment, 
            among other things.

            Although the Administrator's determination that the owner was not 
            maintaining required services was based on the September 17, 1989 
            on-site inspection, the record shows that after the inspection and 
            prior to the issuance of the order appealed from, the owner filed an 
            answer stating that services were restored.

            The Commissioner notes that by a letter dated March 29, 1990, the 
            tenant acknowledged the completion of repairs. Thus, rent is 
            restored effective March 29, 1990 and the Administrator's rent 
            reduction order is modified accordingly.

            Rent arrears may be due the owner from the tenant as a result of 
            this Order and Opinion. Any arrears shall be paid in monthly 
            installments which shall not exceed the amount of the monthly rent 
            reduction revoked herein.

            THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and Eviction Regulations, it 
            is

            ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, granted in 
            part, and that the Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 
            modified in accordance with this Order and Opinion.





             
            ISSUED:






                                                                          
                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Deputy Commissioner


    

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