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.:
                                                  EA610216RO
                                                                           
          BARKER AVENUE COMPANY,                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                                  DI610449S 

                                                  PREMISES: Apt.5C
                                                  2275 Barker Avenue
                                                  Bronx, NY
                              PETITIONER     
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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 of the evidence in the record and 
          has carefully considered that portion of the record relevant to the 
          issues raised in this petition. 

          The tenant commenced the proceeding below on September 21, 1989 by 
          filing a complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain 
          various services in the subject apartment.

          In answer, the owner asserted in substance that repairs were 
          completed and services were being maintained. Attached to the 
          answer were certain copies of work invoices submitted by 
          contractors which in relevant part concerned pointing and ceiling 
          installation in the bedroom.

          Thereafter, a physical inspection of the subject apartment was 
          conducted on November 28, 1989 by a DHCR staff member who confirmed 
          that the bedroom east wall had water stains near the ceiling and 
          there was evidence of exterior leaks.

          By an order dated December 12, 1989, the Administrator directed the 
          restoration of services and ordered a reduction of the stabilized 
          rent.













          EA610216RO


          In the petition for administrative review, the owner contends in 
          substance that the ceiling and wall inside the apartment were 
          repaired; and the repairs to the roof and exterior leaks were being 
          scheduled. The owner re-submits its attachments to the answer in 
          the proceeding below.

          A copy of the petition was mailed to the tenant on April 7, 1990.

          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 the tenant's application 
          where it is found that the owner failed to maintain required 
          services.

          The petition offered no reason for revoking or modifying the 
          Administrator's determination based on the November 28, 1989 
          inspection which confirmed the existence of defective conditions, 
          warranting a rent reduction. Accordingly, the Administrator's 
          determination was proper in all respects and is hereby sustained.

          The owner may file for a rent restoration application if the facts 
          so warrant.

          The automatic stay of the rent reduction, as a result of 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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