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                                    STATE OF NEW YORK
                       DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
                             OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                      GERTZ PLAZA
                                92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                                   JAMAICA, NY 11433



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           IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE     ADMINISTRATIVE  REVIEW
           APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:   
                                                                                           GB 210135-RO
                                        RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S      
           55 REALTY,                   DOCKET NO.: 
                                        FC 210545-S 
                                        PREMISES:                
                                                                                      55 Winthrop Street
                                    PETITIONER     Apt. 5-C, Brooklyn, NY
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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 concerning the housing accommodation 
           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 below by filing an applica- 
           tion asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain 
           services in the subject apartment, inter alia extermination 
           services.

           In its answer dated May 30, 1991, the owner stated, "Repairs have 
           been completed."                     

           Thereafter an inspection of the subject premises was conducted by 
           a DHCR inspector who confirmed the existence of roaches and mice 
           droppings.

           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, 
           "Landlord has always provided exterminator services.  Date of 
           service is fourth Tuesday of month."               















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           After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
           that the petition should be denied.

           The owner did not submit any evidence such as a statement, contract 
           or bill from the exterminator, either to the Administrator or by 
           attachment to the petition; to establish that exterminator services 
           are actually provided on a regular basis.  The Commissioner is also 
           of the opinion that if the owner provides such services they have 
           not been efficacious in eliminating the existence of mice and 
           roaches in the complainant's apartment, as evidenced by the results 
           of the DHCR inspection which occurred on January 8, 1992.  Accord- 
           ingly, the Commissioner finds that the Rent Administrator's order 
           reducing the rent was correct and warranted and should be affirmed.

           This Order and Opinion is issued without prejudice to the owner's 
           rights as they may pertain to an application to the Division for a 
           restoration of rent based upon the restoration of services.


           THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent Stabili- 
           zation Law and Code, it is,

           ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, denied, and 
           the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 
           affirmed.


           ISSUED:



                                                                            
                                                    JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                    Acting Deputy Commissioner
    

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