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

          APPEAL OF                             DOCKET NO.: GF210125RO 
                                                RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                DOCKET NO.: FL210168S       
               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. #3R, 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 that 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:

                         FLOOR/COVERING BEDROOM 2
                         FLOOR/COVERING HALLWAY

               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 over the building as first mortgagee in 
          possession on January 8, 1992, the building having been abandoned 
          by the previous owner, and that since then repairs are being made 
          and violations corrected.  The owner incorrectly asserts that the 
          May 13, 1992 inspection found all services being maintained.


               The petition was served on the tenant who responded on July 
          15, 1992 stating that the owner had made an appointment for July 
          16, 1992 to repair the bedroom and hallway floors.

               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.

               The Commissioner notes that the owner has filed a rent 
          restoration application which will be decided under a separate 
               THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and 
          Code and 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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