EH 620186 RO

                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                            DOCKET NO.: EH 620186 RO

                                               DISTRICT RENT ORDER
               Arth  Management,               DOCKET NO.: DC 620145-S

                                               Premises: 2254 Cedar Avenue
                                                         Apt. 3F
                                                         Bronx, New York


          The above-named owner filed a timely 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.

          On March 6, 1989, the tenant commenced the  proceeding  below  by
          filing a complaint of decrease in  services  asserting  that  the
          following defective conditions existed in the subject  apartment,
          to wit: peeling paint in  the  bedroom,  crack  in  the  bathroom
          ceiling, busted refrigerator seal, refrigerator light and freezer 
          that didn't work properly.

          In its answer dated April 11, 1989, the owner stated in pertinent 
          part that the tenant had refused access to the subject  premises,
          inhibiting its ability to effectuate repairs.

          On April 23, 1990, an inspection  of  the  subject  premises  was
          conducted by an Agency inspector.  The inspection  report  stated
          that the entire [set of] bedroom walls and the  bathroom  ceiling
          were cracked and had peeling paint and plaster; the  refrigerator
          door gasket was worn out and the door had  a  crack  inside;  the
          refrigerator light fixture was inoperable.

          On June 13, 1990, the  Administrator  served  the  owner  with  a
          request for additional information and evidence  and  a  copy  of
          DHCR Policy Statement 90-5.  The owner was afforded  twenty  days
          to submit the evidence set forth in said Policy Statement.
          The owner did not respond to the aforesaid request for additional 
          information and evidence.

          On July 13, 1990, the Administrator issued an order,  based  upon
          the physical inspection,  reducing  the  maximum  legal  rent  by
          $34.00 per month,  effective  on  the  first  rent  payment  date
          following the issue date of the order.  The  order  itemized  the

          EH 620186 RO
          rent reduction as follows: for the bedroom walls which were found 
          to be cracked with peeling  paint  and  plaster  $5.00;  for  the
          bathroom ceiling which was found to be cracked with peeling paint 
          and plaster $5.00; for the refrigerator defects $13.00.

          In its petition for administrative review, the owner states, that 
          the total rent reduction is $23.00, not $34.00.

          In his answer to the owner's petition, the tenant states  that  a
          representative of the DHCR's Fordam Plaza Office told him to  use
          the $34.00 per month rent reduction on  the  front  page  of  the
          order.  In addition, the tenant states that the landlord has  not
          fixed any of the problems.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that the  petition  should  be

          A review  of the record below discloses that the  correct  amount
          of the rent reduction was $23.00 per month.

          On January 18, 1991,  under  docket  number  EK  620014  OR,  the
          owner's application to restore the  rent  was  granted.   If  the
          owner has already complied with  Administrator's  order  reducing
          the rent, and there are arrears due to the owner as a  result  of
          this instant determination, the tenant shall be permitted to  pay
          off the arrears  in  twelve  monthly  installments.   Should  the
          tenant  vacate  after  the  issuance  of  this  order,  or   have
          previously  vacated,  said   arrears   due   shall   be   payable

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and  Eviction  Regulations
          for New York City, it is

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby  is,  granted
          and the District Rent Administrator's  order  be,  and  the  same
          hereby is, modified as set forth  above,  and,  as  so  modified,


                                                  ELLIOT SANDER
                                                  Deputy Commissioner

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