STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:   
                  GIOVANNA OLIVERI,
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                  PETITIONER      GB110014HW


          The above-named owner timely refiled a petition for administrative 
          review of an order issued concerning the housing accommodation 
          known as 30-83 44th Street, Astoria, New York, Apartment 3-R, 
          wherein the Administrator ordered a rent reduction based on a 
          finding of a decrease in services.

          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 by filing a complaint 
          asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain services in 
          the subject apartment.

          In an answer, the owner denied the allegations set forth in the 
          complaint or otherwise asserted that all required repairs had been 
          or will be completed.

          Thereafter an inspection of the subject apartment was conducted by 
          a D.H.C.R. inspector who confirmed the existence of the following 
          defective condition:  

                              Failure to provide adequate heat.

          The Rent Administrator directed restoration of this service and 
          further ordered, a reduction of the stabilization rent.


          In its petition for administrative review, the owner states, in 
          substance, that the reason for no heat was, the boiler was being 
          repaired on the day of inspection.  Attached thereto is a letter 
          from the owner's boiler service company, stating that the boiler 
          was being repaired on the day the building was without heat.

          The DHCR served a copy of the petition on the tenant on July 7, 
          1992.  The tenant answered, and stated that she has had problems 
          with the heat in her apartment for 17 years and she was not aware 
          of any repairs to the boiler.

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

          Pursuant to Section 2523.4 of the Rent Stabilization Code, DHCR is 
          required to order a rent reduction, upon application by a tenant, 
          where it is found that an owner has failed to maintain required 
          services.  The owner's petition does not establish any basis for 
          modifying or revoking the Administrator's order which determined 
          that the owner was not maintaining required services based on a 
          physical inspection confirming the existence of defective condi- 
          tions in the subject apartment for which a rent reduction is 

          The Division's records reveal that the owner had filed a rent 
          restoration application which is still pending.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, 
          and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974, 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, 


                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Deputy Commissioner

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