FI 110075 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.: FI 110075 RO 
                                                
            VAN KLEECK ASSOCIATES,               DISTRICT RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                 DOCKET NO.: FC 110396-S

                                                 SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                                 51-25 Van Kleeck St., Apt. No. 4G
                                PETITIONER       Elmhurst, New York 11373
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          The above-named owner filed a timely Petition  for  Administrative
          Review of an order  issued  on  August  5,  1991,  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 March 19, 1991 by filing a 
          complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain  certain
          services in the subject apartment.

          In its answer filed on  April  17,  1991,  the  owner  denied  the
          allegations set forth in  the  tenant's  complaint  and  otherwise
          asserted that all required services are being  provided  and  that
          the tenant only has to contact the owner if  repairs  have  to  be
          done.

          Thereafter on July 25, 1991, the subject apartment  was  inspected
          by DHCR which confirmed the existence of defective conditions.

          The Administrator directed on August 5, 1991 restoration of  these
          services and reduction of the stabilized rent.

          In this petition, the owner contends in substance that it was  not
          informed of the defective conditions by  the  tenant;  that  these
          conditions "were immediately attended to" when DHCR  informed  the
          owner;  that  the  tenant  withdrew  the  complaint   before   the
          inspection and the order's issuance; and that the  conditions  are
          minor, not warranting a rent reduction.

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is  of  the  opinion
          that this petition should be denied.
          The owner's contentions in the petition are  without  merit.   The
          owner was duly informed by and answered  the  tenant's  complaint.
          There is no evidence in the record that the  tenant  withdrew  the
          complaint.  The inspection disclosed  that  the  owner  failed  to
          attend to the defective conditions.  The conditions enumerated  in






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          the Administrator's order are not  minor  matters,  but  decreased
          services warranting rent reduction.

          This Order and Opinion is issued without prejudice to the  owner's
          filing an application with DHCR  for  rent  restoration  based  on
          restoration of services, if the facts so warrant.

          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 Administrator's order be, and  the  same  hereby  is,
          affirmed.

          ISSUED:




                                                                        
                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Deputy Commissioner


    

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