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.:FA110373RO     
                                              
Michael Pistilli,                        RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                         DOCKET NO.:EI110470S      
                                             
                                         SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                            58-35 Granger Street
                                            Apt. 4I
                                            Corona, NY 
                      PETITIONER     
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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 January 25, 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 September 17, 1990 by filing 
            a complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain 
            services in the subject apartment.

            On October 19, 1990, the owner filed an answer asserting a ninety 
            (90) day extension to comply with tenant's request and that all 
            repairs are being scheduled for November 12, 1990.

            In another answer dated November 19, 1990, the owner submitted a 
            copy of a foreman's statement that work was completed on November 
            12, 1990; the tenant did not sign this statement.

            The owner again requested a ninety (90) day extension on December 
            13, 1990.

            On January 15, 1991, an inspection of the subject apartment was 
            conducted by a DHCR staff member who confirmed that the windows 
            throughout the apartment had air seepage; the windows were loose and 
            drafty.


            FA110373RO



            By an order dated January 25, 1991, the Administrator directed the 
            restoration of services and ordered a rent reduction.







            In this petition, the owner contends in substance that upon receipt 
            of the Administrator's order, the owner corrected the conditions; 
            and that the Administrator's determination is premature because the 
            request for a ninety (90) day extension to answer an application is 
            automatically granted by DHCR.

            DHCR mailed a copy of the petition to the tenant.

            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 
            authorized 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 to 
            modify or revoke the Administrator's determination based on the 
            January 15, 1991 inspection which confirmed the existence of 
            defective conditions, warranting a rent reduction. 

            The owner's allegation that the request for a ninety (90) day 
            extension to answer an application is automatically granted by DHCR 
            is wrong. See DHCR Administrative Review Docket No. GA110112RO.     
            In addition, the owner himself stated that all repairs were 
            completed on November 12, 1990, which is belied by subsequent 
            inspection. Furthermore, the owner admits in the petition that upon 
            receipt of the Administrator's order, he corrected the conditions.

            The status of the owner's rent restoration applications is as 
            follows: FD110038OR denied on September 18, 1991 and GF11O167OR 
            denied on September 10, 1993.

            THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code 
            and Operational Bulletin 84-1, 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:




                                                                          
                                                  LULA M. ANDERSON
                                                  Deputy Commissioner


                 
    

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