ED 210370 RO
                                  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.: ED 210370-RO 
                                                
            CAROLYN KRANTZ                       DRO DOCKET NO.: CL 210468-S
            (for EPIC REALTY CO.),
                                                 PREMISES: 2245 E. 19 St.,#4G
                                PETITIONER       Brooklyn, New York
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           ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW;
                REVOKING THE ADMINISTRATOR'S ORDER AND REMANDING THE
               PROCEEDING TO THE ADMINISTRATOR FOR FURTHER PROCESSING

          The above-named owner timely refiled a Petition for Administrative 
          Review of an order issued 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 the proceeding below by  filing  a  complaint
          asserting that the owner had failed to maintain  certain  services
          in the subject apartment.

          The owner did not interpose an answer to the tenant's complaint.

          Thereafter an inspection of the subject apartment was conducted by 
          a D.H.C.R. inspector who  confirmed  the  existence  of  defective
          conditions.

          The Rent Administrator directed restoration of these services  and
          further ordered, a reduction of the stabilization rent.

          In the petition, the owner states, in substance,  that  the  first
          notification of  an  action  bearing  the  docket  number  of  the
          proceeding below was made when the order  reducing  the  rent  was
          received.  The owner goes on to state, in substance, that  had  it
          been afforded due process, all legitimate repairs would have  been
          completed, thus obviating the Administrator's decision.

          The tenant, in his answer to  the  owner's  petition,  states,  in
          substance, that he sent two letters to the  owner  explaining  the
          defective conditions prior to  commencing  the  proceeding  below.
          The tenant goes on to state that both letters were not returned as 
          undeliverable nor did the owner respond to said letters.






          ED 210370 RO

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is  of  the  opinion
          that  the  petition  be  granted;  the  Administrator's  order  be
          revoked, and the proceeding  remanded  to  the  Administrator  for
          further processing.

          A review of the record below discloses that the complaint was  not
          properly served upon the registered  owner,  as  required  by  the
          Code,  in  that  the  notice  of  the  complaint  was   improperly
          addressed.  As such, the Commissioner finds that the owner's right 
          to due process was violated.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, 
          it is

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby  is,  granted,
          the Administrator's  order  is  revoked,  and  the  proceeding  is
          remanded to the Administrator for  further  processing  consistent
          with this order.

          ISSUED:




                                                                        
                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Deputy Commissioner

    

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