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.:
                                                  ED610327RO
                                                                      
          Calogero Restivo,                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                                  EA610034S 

                                                  PREMISES: Apt.1B
                                                  255 East 237 Street
                                                  Bronx, NY
                              PETITIONER     
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          The above-named owner filed a timely petition for administrative 
          review of an order issued on April 23, 1990 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 this proceeding on January 9, 1990 by filing  
          a complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain 
          services in the subject apartment.

          In answer, the owner asserted that he would "take care of the 
          complaint that the tenant had made."

          Thereafter, an inspection of the subject apartment was conducted on 
          April 2, 1990 by a DHCR staff member who confirmed the existence of 
          defective conditions.

          The Administrator directed the restoration of services and ordered 
          a reduction of the stabilized rent.

          In the petition, the owner states in substance that he did repairs 
          and would continue to repair.

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
          that the petition should be denied.

          Pursuant to Section 2523.4 of the Rent Stabilization Code, DHCR is 
          authorized to order a rent reduction upon application by a tenant 












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          where it is found that an owner has failed to maintain required 
          services. The owner's petition does not establish any basis to 
          modify or revoke the Administrator's determination based on an 
          inspection which confirmed the existence of defective conditions, 
          warranting a rent reduction.

          The owner's rent restoration application (ED610167OR) was denied on 
          January 4, 1991.

          The automatic stay of the retroactive rent reduction that resulted 
          by the filing of this petition is vacated upon issuance of this 
          Order and Opinion.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code 
          and Operational Bulletin 84-1,  it is

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, denied and 
          that the Adminstrator's order be, and the same hereby is, affirmed.


          ISSUED:


                                                                                                                 
                                                  JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                  Deputy Commissioner
    

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