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 
          APPEAL OF                               ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                                  DOCKET NOS: EH210269RO
          Free  Republic  Holding  Corporation        D.R.O.   DOCKET   NO:
                                                  DE210531R


                                   PETITIONERS
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          ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          On August 22, 1990, the above-named petitioner filed  a  Petition
          for Administrative Review against an order  issued  on  July  20,
          1990 by the Rent  Administrator  of  the  Gertz  Plaza,  Jamaica,
          District Rent Office concerning the housing accommodations  known
          a 353 Tompkins Avenue, Apt. 2R, Brooklyn, NY.

          The Administrative Appeal is being  determined  pursuant  to  the
          provisions of 9NYCRR 25234.

          The issue herein is whether there  was  a  decrease  in  services
          warranting reduction of the legal regulated rent. 

          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 by the administrative appeal.

          On May 24, 1989 the tenant  filed  a  complaint  of  decrease  in
          services, alleging various decrease in service.

          In its answer, dated June 23, 1989, the owner  responded  to  the
          above complaint by stating that all repairs were done,  but  were
          delayed due to lack of access.

          On June 26, 1990 a physical inspection  of  the  subject  housing
          accommodation was conducted by the DHCR.  The inspector's report, 
          confirmed existence of the complained of conditions.

          On July 20, 1990, the Rent Administrator issued  an  order  based
          Docket No. EH210269RO         - 2 -



          on the report of the  physical  inspection,  reducing  the  legal
          regulated rent by the percentage of the  most  recent  guidelines






          adjustment for the tenant's lease which commenced before July  1,
          1989, the effective date of the order, and directing the owner to 
          refund to the tenant all  amounts  collected  in  excess  of  the
          reducing rent since the above mentioned effective date.

          In its  petition,  the  owner  contends  that  the  decreases  in
          service are due to "abuse, misuse, and  neglect  by  the  tenant.
          Owner also reiterates its allegation of lack of service. 

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition  should  be
          denied.

          Despite the owner's assertions, the  physical  inspection  report
          disclosed  the  complained  of  conditions   existed   and,   the
          Commissioner finds that the rent reduction is warranted.

          As for owner's allegation of lack of access:
          A search of the record fails to reveal  any  supporting  evidence
          which would in any way tend to support owner's claim.

          This order is issued without prejudice to the  owner's  right  to
          file the appropriate application for restoration of the rent,  if
          the facts so warrant.

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

          ORDERED, that this petition for administrative review be, and the 
          same  hereby  is,  denied,  and,  that  the  order  of  the  Rent
          Administrator and the same hereby is, affirmed.

          ISSUED:

                                                                           
                                             ELLIOT SANDER
                                             Deputy Commissioner 
    

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