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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: FF210097RO
          240 CROWN STREET CORP.                  RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: CL210049B

               On June 10, 1991 the above named petitioner-owner filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued on May 15, 1991. The order concerned the 
          housing accommodations known as Apt. 6Z located at 240 Crown 
          Street, Brooklyn, N.Y.  The Administrator directed restoration of 
          services and ordered a rent reduction for failure to maintain 
          required services.  

               The Commissioner has reviewed the record and carefully 
          considered that portion relevant to the issues raised by this 

               This proceeding was commenced on December 15, 1988 when one 
          tenant in this 136 unit building filed a Statement of Complaint of 
          Decrease in Building-Wide Services wherein she alleged, in sum, 
          that the owner was not maintaining certain required building-wide 
          services.  The owner was served with a copy of the complaint and 
          afforded an opportunity to respond. The owner did not file a 
               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          building.  The inspection was conducted on December 1, 1989.  The 
          inspection confirmed the allegations in the complaint.

               The Administrator issued a rent reduction order on March 8, 
          1990 and reduced the rent for the complaining tenant and all rent 
          controlled building tenants.  On May 15, 1991 an amended order was 
          issued by the Administrator wherein a rent reduction of an amount 
          equal to the percentage of the most recent guidelines adjustment 
          for the tenant's lease commencing prior to January 1, 1991 was 
          ordered solely for the complaining rent stabilized tenant.  No rent 
          reduction was warranted for any rent controlled tenant as none 
          signed the complaint.


               On appeal the owner states that, by letter dated April 29, 
          1991, the DHCR informed it that the rent reduction proceeding was 
          being closed.  The owner further states that all repairs have been 
          completed and the appropriate rent restoration application has  
          been filed.  The petition was served on the tenant on July 1, 1991.

               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be denied.

               The Commissioner notes that the DHCR letter the owner refers 
          to in the petition referred to Docket No. CF230109B and not the 
          instant proceeding, Docket No. CL210049B.  The owner is, therefore, 
          incorrect in stating that the agency closed this proceeding.  The 
          owner's assertion that repairs have been completed and an 
          application for rent restoration has been filed does not raise 
          issues challenging the correctness of the Administrator's order at 
          the time it was issued. The order being appealed is affirmed.

               The automatic stay of the retroactive rent abatement which 
          resulted from the filing of this petition is vacated upon issuance 
          of this order and opinion.  The owner may file for rent restoration 
          when services have been fully restored.

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, it 

               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.


                                             LULA M. ANDERSON  
                                             Deputy Commissioner

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