EH 810238-RO
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433
          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: EC610131RO 
                                                  (Refile of EA610268RO)    
          Grandecks Associates/                   RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
          David Hammerman,                        DOCKET NO.: CJ610493S

                                  PETITIONER      PREMISES:  Apt. 2G
                                                  2855 Grand Concourse
                                                  Bronx, NY     


               The above-named owner refiled and perfected a timely petition 
          for administrative review (PAR) against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued on December 15, 1989 concerning the housing 
          accomodations related to the above-described housing accomodations.

               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 October 7, 1988 by 
          filing a complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain 
          the refrigerator in the subject apartment; and as a result, she was 
          forced to eat out for a number of days.

               In answer, the owner asserted that the refrigerator was 
          repaired. The owner attached a copy of a bill dated October 14, 
          1988, indicating that the repairman supplied the necessary 

               Thereafter, a physical inspection of the subject apartment was 
          conducted on October 13, 1989 by a DHCR staff member who confirmed 
          that the refrigerator gasket needed to be replaced.

               By an order dated December 15, 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 
          in substance that it had not received the tenant's complaint and 
          that it had repaired the defective refrigerator.

               In answer, the tenant denied in substance the allegation of 

          EH 810238-RO


               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. The petition does not establish any basis for 
          modifying or revoking the Administrator's determination based on 
          the October 13, 1989 physical inspection which found that the 
          refrigerator gasket needed to be replaced. The allegation that it 
          had not received the complaint is belied by the record showing that 
          the owner answered the complaint.

               Accordingly, the order appealed from was in all respects 
          proper and is hereby sustained.

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

               The automatic stay of the retroactive rent reduction that 
          resulted by the filing of this petition is vacated upon issuance of 
          the Order and Opinion.

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, it 

               ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, 
          denied, and that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same 
          hereby is, affirmed.


                                   JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA  
                                   Deputy Commissioner               

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