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                                  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 NOS.  EH  910210  RO
                                                         and  FC  810284  RO
                                                     
                                              :         DISTRICT        RENT
                                                 ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                 NO. ME 7-9-1-0018-OR 
                                                 Tenant:    Dorothy   Lanier
                J.R.D.                                            MANAGEMENT
                   
                                 PETITIONER   :  
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            ORDER AND OPINION REMANDING PROCEEDING TO RENT ADMINISTRATOR


               On August 23, 1990, the above-named owner  filed  a  petition
          for administrative review of an order issued on  August  16,  1990
          by  a  District  Rent   Administrator   concerning   the   housing
          accommodations known as Apartment No. 1-O, 590  East  3rd  Street,
          Mount Vernon, New York, wherein the Rent Administrator denied  the
          owner's application for permission to reinstate rent  levels  that
          had been reduced by a prior  Division  of  Housing  and  Community
          Renewal (D.H.C.R.) order. 

               The  Commissioner  notes  that  the  petitioner   filed   two
          identical   petitions   which   were   assigned   two    different
          Administrative  Review  docket  numbers.   The   Commissioner   is
          accordingly of the opinion that they should  be  consolidated  for
          disposition.

               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 the administrative appeal.  

               The original proceeding was initiated by the tenant,  by  the
          filing of a  complaint  of  a  diminution  in  services,  and  was
          assigned Docket No. MCG-8-1-0304-S. 

               On September 7,  1989,  the  Administrator  issued  an  order
          which, effective September 1, 1988, reduced the tenant's  rent  to
          the level that had  been  in  effect  prior  to  the  most  recent
          guidelines increase.  The order found that the subject apartment's 
          kitchen required repainting, that the refrigerator was  defective,
          and that there was evidence of mice and roaches.  

                    


               On  May  21,  1990,  the  owner  filed  an  application   for
          restoration of rent alleging  that  the  tenant  did  not  provide






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          access to the apartment, therefore, not permitting repairs  to  be
          made. 

               The tenant's answer, dated June 19, 1990,  acknowledged  that
          the kitchen was repainted, and that the refrigerator was replaced. 
          The tenant further  asserted  that  mouse  and  roach  infestation
          remained.  Also, the tenant stated that she must be given at least 
          three days' notice prior  to  any  appointment  for  work  in  her
          apartment.   

               On June 21, 1990 D.H.C.R. mailed to the owner a "Request  For
          Additional/Evidence" requesting a copy of the  contract  with  the
          exterminator.

               On June 29, 1990 the owner mailed to the D.H.C.R. a  copy  of
          letters from the president of the  Circle  Exterminating  Company,
          stating that the subject premises are serviced two times a  month,
          and all apartments are serviced that allow access.

               The Administrator issued an  order  dated  August  16,  1990,
          which denied the owner's application for a rent restoration on the 
          ground that a copy of a contract  with  the  exterminator  showing
          services being provided on a continual basis was not submitted. 

               The owner asserts in its petition that the tenant  would  not
          provide access for repairs, and that it provided D.H.C.R.  with  a
          copy of the contract with the exterminator.  The owner  submits  a
          copy of this contract, along with the previously submitted letter.

               After careful  consideration,  the  Commissioner  is  of  the
          opinion that  the  proceeding  should  be  remanded  to  the  Rent
          Administrator.

               As the tenant in her answer to the Administrator stated  that
          the refrigerator and kitchen were  repaired,  only  the  issue  of
          roach and mouse infestation remains.  The Administrator failed  to
          take into  consideration  the  evidence  of  exterminator  service
          submitted by the owner and therefore did not decide the  issue  of
          whether extermination services  are  being  provided,  or  if  the
          tenant  is  providing  access  to   the   exterminating   company.
          Accordingly,  the  Commissioner  is  of  the  opinion  that   this
          proceeding  should  be  remanded  to  the  Rent  Administrator  to
          determine whether the extermination services are  being  provided,
          if the tenant is providing access, and, if so,  if  such  services
          are adequate.    

               THEREFORE, in accordance with the Emergency Tenant Protection 
          Act of 1974, and the State Tenant Protection Regulations, it is

               ORDERED, that this proceeding be, and  the  same  hereby  is,
          remanded to the Rent Administrator for the purpose of  determining
          the remaining issues; and it is  


               FURTHER ORDERED, that the rent reduction provided for in  the
          order issued on September 7, 1989 under  Docket  NO.MCG-8-1-0304-S
          remains in effect until a new order is issued upon the remand.

          ISSUED:






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                                          ELLIOT SANDER
                                          Deputy Commissioner



                                          






























    

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