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.:EJ210128RO     
                                              
Forum Realty Co.,                        RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                         DOCKET NO.:DK210069OR     
                                             
                                         SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                         1075 Sheepshead Bay Road
                                            Apt. 7J
                                            Brooklyn, 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 September 24, 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 owner commenced this proceeding on November 3, 1989 by filing an 
            application to restore rent based on the restoration of services, 
            namely that the two hallway closet sliding doors were repaired.

            In an answer filed on January 8, 1990, the tenant denied the 
            allegations in the petition and otherwise asserted that the owner 
            had made no attempts to repair at all.

            On September 6, 1990, an inspection of the subject apartment was 
            conducted by a DHCR staff member who reported that the two hallway 
            closet doors are off the tracks.

            By an order dated September 24, 1990, the Administrator denied the 
            owner's application.

            In this petition, the owner contends in substance that the defective 
            hallway closet doors are minor conditions, not warranting a rent 
            reduction.


            EJ210128RO

            In answer, the tenant denied these conditions to be minor, asserting 
            that the carpenter never came; there are no tracks at the bottom of 
            the closet; the top tracks are severely bent; and the doors are 
            difficult to slide and do fall off, extremely difficult for her 






            because of her back problems.

            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, 
            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 the 
            September 6, 1990 inspection which confirmed the continued existence 
            of defective conditions, warranting a rent reduction. 

            The contention that these conditions are minor and warrant no rent 
            reduction should have been dealt in the rent reduction proceeding 
            and cannot now be raised on appeal of a rent restoration proceeding.

            A subsequent rent restoration application (FE210068OR) was granted 
            on November 13, 1991.

            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 Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, affirmed.



            ISSUED:




                                                                          
                                                  JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                  Deputy Commissioner


    

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