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.:FE510331RO     
                                         (Refile of FD510094RO)
     
Arthur Agababian,                        RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                         DOCKET NO.:EJ510137S      
                                             
                                         SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                            567 West 173rd Street
                                            Apt. 9
                                            New York, NY    
                      PETITIONER     
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               ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

            The above-named owner refiled and perfected a timely petition for 
            administrative review of an order issued on February 15, 1990 
            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 January 31, 1989 by filing 
            a complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain 
            services in the subject apartment.

            In answer, the owner denied the allegations and otherwise asserted 
            that all repairs were done.

            On January 30, 1990, an inspection of the subject apartment was 
            conducted by a DHCR staff member who confirmed the existence of 
            defective conditions.

            By an order dated February 15, 1990, the Administrator directed the 
            restoration of services and ordered a rent reduction.

            In this petition, the owner contends in substance that all work was 
            done.

            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. Pursuant to Section 2202.16 of the Rent and Eviction 
            Regulations, the Administrator may impose a rent reduction when 
            there has been a ED420319RO

            reduction in services. The owner's petition does not establish any 
            basis to modify or revoke the Administrator's determination based on 
            the January 30, 1990 inspection which confirmed the existence of 
            defective conditions, warranting a rent reduction. 

            The owner's rent restoration application (EC420091OR) was denied on 
            October 5, 1990.

            NOT IN RENT CONTROL AND OR'S

            The automatic stay of the retroactive rent reduction that resulted 
            by the filing of this petition is vacated upon issuance of this 
            Order and Opinion.

            THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, 
            Rent and Eviction Regulations 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:




                                                                          
                                                  JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                  Deputy Commissioner


    

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