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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:  EL630061RO
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: DI630014OR

               On December 10, 1990 the above named petitioner-owner filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued November 19, 1990. The order concerned various 
          housing accommodations located at 1725 Purdy Street, Bronx, N.Y.  
          The Administrator denied the owner's application for rent 

               The Commissioner has reviewed the record and carefully 
          considered that portion relevant to the issues raised by this 

               The owner commenced this proceeding on September 27, 1989 by 
          filing an Application for Rent Restoration wherein it alleged that 
          it had restored services for which a rent reduction order bearing 
          Docket No. BH610073B had been issued.  The Commissioner notes that 
          the rent was reduced based on findings of defective vents, peeling 
          paint and plaster on the stairwell walls of the "A" line from the 
          top floor to the roof, leak damage on "B" line stairwell walls from 
          top floor to roof and peeling paint and plaster on fifth floor "A" 
          line stairwell to basement walls.  The Commissioner notes that the 
          issue of the defective vents has been deleted by the Administrator 
          and is no longer an active issue in this proceeding. The tenants 
          were served with copies of the application  and afforded an 
          opportunity to respond. 

               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          building.  The inspection was conducted on June 22, 1990.  The 
          building was reinspected on October 29, 1990.  The inspector 
          reported that there is evidence of water stained bulkhead walls in 
          Section "A", that there is peeling paint and plaster and water 
          stains on bulkhead walls of both "A" and "B" section and that there 
          is peeling paint and plaster on stairwell walls at the stairwell 


          landing between the first and second floors of section "A".

               The Administrator issued the order here under review on 
          November 19, 1990 and denied the application based on the 
          inspector's report.

               On appeal the owner, represented by counsel, states that the 
          services reported as not being maintained are ones requiring normal 
          maintenance, are promptly attended to and are of a recurring 
          nature.  The owner further states that the work has been completed 
          but simply recurs and is done again and that the conditions cited 
          in the rent reduction and rent restoration orders are at different 
          physical locations.  The petition was served on the tenants on 
          January 7, 1991. 

               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be denied.

               The Commissioner notes that although the owner has 
          characterized the cited conditions as normal maintenance and 
          something which is "promptly attended to" but recurs, the record 
          reveals that "normal maintenance" did not, in this case, include 
          prompt attention to the cited conditions between the dates of the 
          inspections, which were several months apart.  In the opinion of 
          the Commissioner, an item of normal maintenance would have been 
          corrected within this time span and, if corrected properly, would 
          not have reappeared.  The Commissioner further notes that the 
          original rent reduction order and the corresponding inspection 
          reports in the restoration proceedings cite the same defective 
          conditions at the identical locations.

               The Commissioner notes that while the owner questions the 
          findings of fact, the record clearly reflects those findings by 
          virtue of the DHCR inspections described above. Accordingly, the 
          Commissioner finds that the Administrator properly determined that 
          the owner had failed to restore all services based on the evidence 
          of record, including the results of the on-site physical 
          inspections of the subject premises.  The Administrator correctly 
          denied the rent restoration application.

                 The Commissioner further notes that the rent reduction 
          proceeding has been remanded to the Administrator for further 
          processing wherein the issue of whether a rent reduction was 
          warranted is being reexamined.  If the orders are revoked pursuant 
          to the remand, the rents will be restored as of the original 
          effective date of the reduction.  If the orders are affirmed 
          without modification, the owner's rights to restoration of the 
          rents based on applications previously or subsequently filed or 
          pending will not be affected.  If the orders are amended, the owner 
          may have to file new applications to restore based on the 
          restoration of services cited in the modified rent reduction 


               The Commissioner notes that the owner's reapplication for rent 
          restoration (Docket No. GE630098OR) is currently pending before the 

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code and 
          Rent and Eviction Regulations it is 

               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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