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.: EA420322RO      
                               
                                                             
          General Leasing                        RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
          and Management Co.,                    DOCKET NO.: DH420825S            
                        
          ,                     
                                PETITIONER       PREMISES: 50 Allen St.
                                                           Apt.0-3
                                                           NY, 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 November 2, 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.

          The tenant commenced this proceeding on August 10, 1989 by filing a 
          complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain 
          services in the subject apartment.

          In answer, the owner asserted that the tenant was rented an 
          apartment because he alleged being an independent plumber who would 
          fix the apartment at his own expense; that after a few months, he 
          stopped paying rent; and a dispossess proceeding is now commenced 
          for nonpayment of rent.

          Thereafter, an on-site inspection of the subject apartment was 
          conducted on October 19, 1989 by a DHCR staff member who confirmed 
          the existence of defective conditions.

          By an order dated November 2, 1989,  the Administrator directed the 
          restoration of services and ordered a rent reduction.

          In the petition for administrative review, the owner contends in 
          substance that the tenant damaged and abandoned the apartment, and 
          was legally dispossessed.
             
          EA420322RO
















          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 petition does not establish any basis for 
          modifying or revoking the Administrator's order which determined 
          that the owner was not maintaining required services based on an 
          October 19, 1989 physical inspection, confirming the existence of 
          defective conditions for which a rent reduction is warranted.

          The assertion that the tenant damaged and abandoned the apartment, 
          and was legally dispossessed was unsubstantiated and without merit.

          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.




          ISSUED:              



                                                                             
                                                    JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                    Deputy Commissioner
    

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