FB130048RO

                                  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.: FB130048RO
                                                  
          FISHER ASSOCIATES                       RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: AJ130002B
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                          
               On February 7, 1991 the above named petitioner-owner filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued January 23, 1991. The order concerned housing 
          accommodations known as Apt 305 located at 35-46 74th Street, 
          Jackson Heights, N.Y.  The Administrator directed restoration of 
          services and ordered a rent reduction for failure to maintain 
          required services.  

               The Commissioner has reviewed the record and carefully 
          considered that portion relevant to the issues raised by this 
          appeal.

               This proceeding was commenced on September 30, 1986 by the 
          tenants' filing a Statement of Complaint of Decrease in Building- 
          Wide Services and alleging, in sum, that the owner was not 
          maintaining certain required services.

               The owner was served with a copy of the complaint and afforded 
          an opportunity to respond. The owner did not file a response.
           
               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          building.  The inspection was conducted on January 16, 1987 and 
          confirmed the tenants' allegations.

               The Administrator issued the order here under review on 
          October 8, 1987 and ordered a building-wide rent reduction.  The 
          Commissioner notes that the owner filed an administrative appeal of 
          this order (Docket No. CA130376RO) which was denied in an order 
          issued on March 28, 1991.

               On January 23, 1991 the Administrator issued an amended order 
          which added the tenant of Apartment 305 to the list of tenants who 












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          were entitled to a rent reduction.  All other parts of the October 
          8, 1987 order were unchanged.  

               On appeal the owner states that the Administrator's addition 
          of the tenant of Apt. 305 was in violation of the owner's due 
          process rights.  The petition was served on the tenant on March 13, 
          1991. 

               The tenant filed a response on March 20, 1991 and stated, in 
          sum, that the Administrator correctly issued the amended order 
          adding him to the list of tenants.
           
               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be granted 
          and the amended order should be revoked.

               A review of the record in Docket No. AJ130002B reveals that 
          the tenant residing in Apt. 305 did not sign the complaint.  The 
          document the tenant submitted to support his contention that he was 
          a signatory contains entirely different signatures than those 
          appearing on the "Supplemental Signature and Affirmation" sheets 
          attached to the instant complaint. It was therefore error for the 
          Administrator to grant this tenant a rent reduction. The order here 
          under review should be revoked on this basis.  The Commissioner 
          notes that this revocation in no way effects the original building- 
          wide rent reduction order, which has been affirmed as noted above.

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code it 
          is 

               ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, 
          granted, and that the Rent Administrator's amended order be, and 
          the same hereby is, revoked.  The tenant may pay off any arrears 
          due and owing by reason of this determination in twelve (12) equal 
          monthly installments or immediately if he vacates the apartment.

          ISSUED:



                                                                             
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner
                                   
    

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