FL 110168-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.: FL 110168 RO

     ARNOLD MARCUS                      DISTRICT RENT
                                        ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                        NO.: EG 110515 S
                        PETITIONER
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  ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
               AND REVOKING ADMINISTRATOR'S ORDER
                                
      On December 23, 1991 the above named petitioner-owner filed
a Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent
Administrator  issued  December 2,  1991.   The  order  concerned
housing  accommodations known as Apt 1-J located  at  45-41  39th
Place,  Long Island City, N.Y.  The Administrator 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.

      The  tenant commenced this proceeding on July 20,  1990  by
filing   a   Statement  of  Complaint  of  Decrease  in  Services
wherein  he  alleged  that  the cold water  bathroom  faucet  was
leaking and that he had apprised the owner of that fact.

      The  owner  was  served with a copy  of  the  complaint  on
September  6,  1991 and afforded an opportunity to  respond.  The
owner  filed  a  response on September 19, 1991 and  stated  that
repairs  had been completed and the faucet was no longer leaking.
Attached  to  the response was a statement signed by  the  tenant
acknowledging that the bathroom cold water faucet  was  fixed  by
the building superintendent on September 12, 1991.

      A copy of the owner's answer was sent to the tenant who was
asked to confirm his signature.  No respose was received.

      The  Administrator  ordered a physical  inspection  of  the
subject apartment.  The inspection was conducted on November  13,
1991  and revealed that the bathroom cold water faucet was  still
leaking.

      The  Administrator issued the order here  under  review  on
December  2,  1991 and ordered a rent reduction of one  guideline
increase effective October 1, 1991.

       On   appeal  the  owner  states  that  since  the   tenant
acknowledged  that  repairs had been made, the Administrator  was
incorrect in issuing the order here under review.

      The tenant filed a response on February 6, 1992 wherein  he
stated, inter alia, that he was aware that repairs had been made.

      After  careful  review of the evidence in the  record,  the
Commissioner  is  of  the  opinion that the  petition  should  be
granted and the order here under review revoked.

      The evidence of record does not support a finding that  the
owner  has failed to provide or maintain required services.   The
owner  promptly  responded  to  the  complaint  and  submitted  a
statement  signed by the tenant that repairs had been made.   The
signature  appears to be that of the tenant's and the tenant  did
not  repudiate the statement when given the opportunity to do so.
Moreover,  the tenant responded to the petition by again  stating
that the repairs had been done.  Under these circumstances a rent
reduction  is not warranted.  Accordingly, the order  here  under
review must be revoked and the rent restored effective October 1,
1991.

      If  the  current owner has already complied with the  order
here  under review by reducing the rent and arrears are  due  and
owing  the  owner  by reason of the decision of the  Commissioner
herein,  the  tenant may pay off said arrears in  6  (six)  equal
monthly installments.  Should the tenant vacate the apartment  or
have   previously  vacated,  any  arrears  are  due  and  payable
immediately.

      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 order be, and the same
hereby is, revoked.

ISSUED:

                                   JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                   Acting Deputy Commissioner
    

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