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.:EK210236RO     
                                                        
          George Mallouk,                          RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                   DOCKET NO.:DI210786S      
                                                       
                                                   SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                                      3101 Avenue I
                                                      Apt. 1N
                                                      Brooklyn, NY    
                                PETITIONER     
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW IN
                         PART AND MODIFYING ADMINISTRATOR'S ORDER

            The above-named owner filed a timely petition for administrative 
            review of an order issued on November 5, 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 September 29, 1989 by filing 
            a complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain 
            services in the subject apartment. The tenant did not check the box 
            requesting a rent reduction.

            In answer, the owner asserted in substance that repairs were being 
            done.

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

            By an order dated November 5, 1990, the Administrator directed the 
            restoration of services and ordered a rent reduction.

            In this petition, the owner contends in substance that all work was 
            done; that services are being provided and maintained; and that the 
            tenant did not request a rent reduction.

            In answer, the tenant stated that he appreciated the work of the 
            inspector and the rent reduction.

            After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion that 
            the petition should be granted in part and that the Administrator's 
            order should be modified accordingly.
            EK210236RO








            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 Commissioner notes that the tenant failed to request 
            a rent reduction in the original application, and that the tenant 
            did not dispute this fact. Accordingly, the Administrator's order 
            directing a reduction of rent is deleted.

            However, the owner's petition offered no evidence to rebut the 
            findings of the physical inspection on October 2, 1990. Pursuant to 
            Section 26-514 of the Rent Stabilization Law and Section 2527.6 of 
            the Rent Stabilization Code, the Administrator properly directed the 
            owner to restore services.

            The owner's rent restoration application (FB210169OR) was denied on 
            October 30, 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, granted in 
            part, and that the Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 
            modified in accordance with this Order and Opinion.



            ISSUED:




                                                                          
                                                  JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                  Deputy Commissioner


    

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