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

          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.: 
                   HERBERT HOROWITZ,          
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.:
                                   PETITIONER          DE210422S


          The above-named tenant filed a timely Petition for Administrative 
          Review (PAR) of an order issued on July 31, 1990, concerning the 
          housing accommodations known as 1177 East 98th Street, Apartment
          5-K, Brooklyn, New York, wherein the Rent Administrator determined 
          the tenant's complaint of decreased services in the subject apart- 

          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 as- 
          serting that the owner had failed to maintain certain services in 
          the subject apartment.  In pertinent part, the tenant complained of 
          water seepage through the windows and walls of the living room and 

          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 Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) 
          conducted an inspection of the subject apartment.  The DHCR 
          inspector reported that bedroom and living room walls and ceiling 
          had areas of peeling paint and plaster in the areas of the windows, 
          but noted that there was no evidence of water leaks.  The inspector 
          also confirmed that other defective conditions had been repaired.


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

          In this Petition for Administrative Review (PAR), the tenant in 
          substance, contends that the conditions found by inspection upon 
          which the rent reduction was based, were not the conditions cited 
          in the complaint, and requests that the order be amended to include 
          water seepage.  

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

          The tenant's petition does not establish any basis for modifying 
          the Rent Administrator's order.  The inspector reported that there 
          was no water seepage into the apartment at the time of the 
          inspection.  Moreover, it is clear that prior water seepage was the 
          proximate cause of the peeling paint and plaster conditions 
          reported by the inspector, for which a rent reduction was properly 

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


                                                       LULA M. ANDERSON   
                                                       Deputy Commissioner


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