FD230260RO        

                                  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.:   
                                                  FD230260RO  
                 MONCK'S REALTY LTD.,   
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:             
                                  PETITIONER      EJ230062HW   
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


          On April 24, 1991, the above-named petitioner-owner filed a 
          petition for administrative review (PAR) of an order issued on 
          March  26, 1991, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 11 Maple Street, Brooklyn, New York, various 
          apartments, wherein the Administrator determined that some of the 
          apartments receive inadequate hot water and issued an order re- 
          ducing the rent with respect to those apartments.  

          The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in the record and 
          has carefully considered that portion of the record relevant to the 
          issue raised by the administrative appeal.

          This proceeding was commenced by the filing of a complaint on 
          October 22, 1990 alleging, among other things, sporadic hot water.  
          On January 22, 1991 and January 31, 1991 a Division employee con- 
          ducted inspections of the apartments and took hot water temperature 
          readings.  The inspections indicated that the temperature of the 
          hot water was inadequate with respect to certain apartments.  Thus, 
          the Administrator issued an order on March 26, 1991 reducing the 
          rent for the affected apartments.

          In the PAR, the owner contends that the boiler is in good working 
          order; that after accompanying the inspector to a number of apart- 
          ments she asked to continue her inspections alone; and that the 
          inspector did not let the water run for an appropriate length of 
          time to accurately measure the temperature.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should be 
          denied.












          FD230260RO        




          Owner's statement that the boiler is in good working order is 
          contradicted by the findings of the Division's inspector.  The 
          report was properly placed in the record for the Administrator's 
          consideration having been prepared by a Division employee who is 
          not a party to the proceeding and not an adversary of any party.  
          The report contains the temperature readings of the hot water in 
          both kitchen and bathroom for each apartment for which access was 
          given.

          Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that the Administrator properly 
          based his determination on the entire record, including the 
          physical inspections, and a rent reduction is warranted based on 
          the finding that the owner has failed to maintain required 
          services.


          THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent Stabili- 
          zation Law and Code, the City Rent Control Law, and the Rent and 
          Eviction Regulations, 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, 
          affirmed.

           
          ISSUED:




                                                                           
                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Deputy Commissioner









    

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