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

          APPEAL OF                             DOCKET NO.: GF210124RO 
                                                RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                DOCKET NO.: FL210169S       
               Charles Madimenos,                                      

               The above-named owner filed a timely petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 449 16 Street, Apt. #4L, Brooklyn, NY.

               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 conditions:  Dumbwaiter door, bathroom 
          walls, fluctuating water temperature, floor covering/Bedroom 1, 
          closet door hinge/den, light fixture den, closet door knob/den.

               The Rent Administrator directed restoration of these services 
          and further ordered a reduction of the stabilization rent.

               In its petition for administrative review, the owner states, 
          in substance, that he took possession of the building on January 8, 
          1992 as first mortgagee in possession, that since then he has been 
          making repairs; and that the tenant in the subject apartment has 
          stated in a letter, a copy of which is included with the PAR, that 
          all conditions have been or will be taken care of.


               The Division sent a copy of the petition to the tenant on June 
          29, 1992.  The tenant answered and confirmed that the petitioner is 
          a new owner who has promised to make necessary repairs.

               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 conditions in the subject apartment for which a rent 
          reduction is warranted.  Evidence presented indicates some repairs 
          are yet to be made.  If other repairs were made prior to the 
          issuance of the Administrator's order, there is no evidence in the 
          record to indicate same.

               The Commissioner notes that the owner has filed a rent 
          restoration application which will be decided by separate order.

               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, affirmed.


                                                  Joseph A. D'Agosta         
                                                  Deputy Commissioner        


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