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.:EE420024RO     
                                                        
          Oceanic Realty Co.,                      RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                   DOCKET NO.:DC420553S      
                                                       
                                                   SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                                      222 West 20th St.
                                                      Apt. 8
                                                      New York, 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 March 30, 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 March 12, 1989 by filing a 
            complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain 
            services in the subject apartment.

            In an answer filed on April 26, 1989, the owner asserted in 
            substance that it would investigate the complaint and make necessary 
            repairs when access is allowed.

            Thereafter, on March 14, 1990, a physical inspection of the subject 
            apartment was conducted by a DHCR staff member who confirmed that 
            the bathroom tub tiles required grouting; that the tub drained 
            slowly; and that there was vermin infestation.

            By an order dated March 30, 1990, the Administrator directed the 
            restoration of services and ordered a rent reduction.

            In this petition, the owner contends in substance that an 
            exterminating company services the entire building on a regular 
            basis; and that the tenant should provide access to this service. 
            There is nothing in the petition indicating that the owner addressed 
            the defective conditions in the bathroom tub tiles and tub drain.

            In answer, the tenant asserted that she always provided access to 
            the exterminator, but the exterminator visited recently after the 
            rent reduction order; and that was the first time in three (3) 
            years.
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            After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion that 
            the petition should be denied.

            Pursuant to Section 2202.16 of the Rent and Eviction Regulations, 
            the Administrator may impose a rent reduction when there has been a 
            reduction in services. The owner's petition does not establish any 
            basis to modify or revoke the Administrator's determination based on 
            the March 14, 1990 physical inspection which confirmed the existence 
            of defective conditions, warranting a rent reduction. 

            THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and Eviction Regulations and 
            Operational Bulletin 84-1, it is

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



            ISSUED:




                                                                          
                                                  Lula M. Anderson
                                                  Deputy Commissioner


    

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