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

          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.: EG610338RO

                    Shomer Management Corp.,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.: DF610754S


          The above-named owner filed a timely petition for administrative 
          review of an order issued on July 20, 1990, concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 3555 Bruckner Boulevard, Apartment 12G, 
          Bronx, New York, wherein the Rent Administrator determined the 
          tenant's complaint of decreased services.

          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 by filing a complaint 
          asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain services in 
          the subject apartment.

          In an answer, the owner denied the allegations set forth in the 
          complaint or otherwise asserted that all required repairs had been 
          or will be completed.

          Thereafter, the DHCR conducted an inspection of the subject 
          premises.  The DHCR inspector observed and reported evidence of 
          leaks in the kitchen and livingroom walls and a loose sink spout.

          The Rent Administrator directed restoration of these services and 
          further ordered a reduction of the stabilization rent.

          In this petition for administrative review, the owner, in 
          substance, reiterates the assertion below that the roof was 


          repaired to eliminate the water leaks and argues that the leaks 
          reported by the DHCR inspector constituted new conditions of which 
          the owner did not have any notice.  The owner also argues that the 
          tenant's complaint did not cite a loose sink spout.

          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 
          required to order a rent reduction, upon application by a tenant, 
          where it is found that an owner has failed to maintain required 
          services.  The owner's petition does not establish any basis for 
          modifying or revoking the Administrator's order which determined 
          that the owner was not maintaining required services based on a 
          physical inspection confirming the existence of defective 
          conditions in the subject apartment for which a rent reduction is 
          warranted.  The owner's roof repairs were inadequate to prevent 
          water leakage from recurring.  In addition, although the tenant's 
          complaint did not cite the loose sink spout condition, the 
          condition appears to be a result of the fact that the repairs to 
          the sink equipment to correct the complained of conditions were not 
          completed properly.  Service defects are not deemed to be corrected 
          unless repairs are completed in a workmanlike manner.

          Division records also reveal that on May 15, 1991, the Rent 
          Administrator denied the owner's rent restoration application under 

          The rent will be restored only if a new application to restore rent 
          is filed and granted.

          The automatic stay of the retroactive rent abatement that resulted 
          by the filing of this petition is vacated upon issuance hereof.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, 
          it is

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


                                             LULA M. ANDERSON
                                             Deputy Commissioner  

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