Docket Number: FE 620306-RO
                                 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.: FE 620306-RO 
                                            :  
           JOSHUA LEIBOWITZ/                   DISTRICT RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
           FINKELSTEIN MORGAN REAL ESTATE,     DOCKET NO.: DL 620169-S
                                            :
                                                SUBJECT PREMISES:
                              PETITIONER    :   960 Grand Concourse, 
        ------------------------------------X   Apt. No. 5I, Bronx, NY 10451

          
           ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                        AND REVOKING ADMINISTRATOR'S ORDER

        On May 28, 1991, the above-named owner filed a timely  petition  for
        administrative review of an order issued on May 20, 1991, concerning 
        the housing accommodations relating to  the  above-described  docket
        number.  

        This administrative appeal  is  being  determined  pursuant  to  the
        provisions of 2202.16 of the Rent and Eviction Regulations.

        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 original proceeding was commenced on December  7,  1989  by  the
        tenant filing  a  complaint  asserting  that  the  owner  failed  to
        maintain certain services in the subject apartment.

        Although the owner was duly notified to do so, the owner  failed  to
        respond to the tenant's complaint. 

        In an answer form (RTP-3A) filed on January  12,  1990,  the  tenant
        wrote "I wish to discontinue my complaint against the landlord.  The 
        tenant's committee president held meetings and  I  was  pushed  into
        filing this complaint.  I have never had a problem with the landlord 
        or agent and anytime something was wrong, it was fixed."

        Thereafter on May 8, 1991, an inspection of  the  subject  apartment
        was conducted  by  a  D.H.C.R.  inspector  who  confirmed  that  the
        "(b)edroom window on left side - bottom sash is tight  and  hard  to
        open" and that "the (h)all has peeling paint on ceiling."

        The Administrator directed on May  20,  1991  restoration  of  these
        services and further ordered a reduction by $5.00 per month  of  the
        legal regulated rent.
        In this petition, the owner alleged in substance that the tenant did 
        not request a rent reduction in its  original  complaint;  that  all
        repairs were completed in or about March 1990; and that  the  tenant
        discontinued its complaint on January 12, 1990.







          Docket Number: FE 620306-RO

        Although duly notified to do so, the tenant failed to reply  to  the
        owner's petition.

        After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion that 
        this petition  should  be  granted  and  the  Administrator's  order
        revoked.

        The record clearly shows that the tenant withdrew its  complaint  in
        the proceeding below.  Said  withdrawal  was  not  disputed  by  the
        tenant in this petition.  Accordingly, the Administrator's order  is
        revoked.

        However, the owner failed to prove that the services referred to  by
        the inspection report had been restored.  The tenant is  advised  to
        file a complaint based on  decreased  services  if  said  conditions
        still exist.  It is noted that becau e  the  tenant  here  is  rent-
        controlled, the tenant need not formally request a rent reduction to 
        obtain such remedy.

        THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and Eviction Regulations,  it
        is

        ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, granted, and 
        that the District Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby 
        is, revoked.

        ISSUED:




                                                                      
                                        ELLIOT SANDER
                                        Deputy Commissioner


    

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