FG 510485-RT


                                  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.:   
                                                  FG 510485-RT        
                    WILBER JOHNSON,                            
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                  PETITIONER      FA 510418-S 
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW   


          On July 22, 1991, the above-named tenant refiled a  petition  for
          administrative review of an order issued on May 30,  1991,  by  a
          Rent Administrator concerning the housing accommodation known  as
          Apartment 4,  25  St.  Nicholas  Terrace,  New  York,  New  York,
          wherein the owner was directed to restore services.

          The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in  the  record
          and has carefully considered that portion of the record  relevant
          to the issues raised by the petition for review.

          On January 24, 1991 the subject tenant filed a complaint based on 
          the owner's alleged failure to maintain services alleging various 
          deficiencies in his apartment, including leaks, damaged walls and 
          ceilings, exposed wiring and a need for painting.

          On April 24, 1991 a physical inspection of the subject  apartment
          was carried out by the Division of Housing and Community  Renewal
          (DHCR).  The inspector, in his report, noted that the  complained
          of conditions were as alleged by the tenant.

          On May 30, 1991, the Rent Administrator  issued  the  order  here
          under review, finding that a diminution of services had  occurred
          and directing the owner to restore  services  by  correcting  the
          cited conditions.


          In his petition for administrative  review  the  tenant  requests
          modification of the Rent Administrator's order alleging  that  he
          had requested a rent reduction.

          After careful consideration the Commissioner is  of  the  opinion
          that this petition should be denied.

          The Commissioner notes that  the  tenant,  in  his  statement  of
          complaint, did not apply for a rent reduction.  Accordingly,  the
          Commissioner finds that the Rent Administrator correctly directed 







          FG 510485-RT
          the owner to correct the defective  conditions  in  the  tenant's
          apartment and correctly did  not  grant  a  reduction  since  the
          tenant had not applied for one as required by Section 2523.4(a).


          THEREFORE, in accordance with  the  Rent  Stabilization  Law  and
          Code, 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:


                                                                           
                                                ELLIOT SANDER
                                                Deputy Commissioner


                                          
    

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