ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: GC - 420258 RO

                                  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.:               
                                                 GC - 420258 RO 
                                              :
                                                 DRO ORDER NO.:           
                                                 EL - 420540 - S          
              TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
              IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK             

                              PETITIONER      : 
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


               On March 25, 1992, the above-named petitioner-owner filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review against  an  order  issued  on
          March 13,  1992,  by  the  Rent  Administrator  at  Gertz  Plaza,
          Jamaica, New York, concerning the housing accommodations known as 
          110 Morningside Drive, New York,  New  York,  Apartment  No.  53,
          wherein  the  Administrator  granted  the  tenant  a  $5.00  rent
          reduction based on a  finding  of  defective  conditions  on  the
          tenant's bedroom ceilings. 

               In the appeal, the  owner  points  out  that  the  only  two
          conditions cited in the complaint assigned Docket No. EL-420540-S 
          were inadequate wiring and a  missing  stove,  and  that  it  was
          therefore improper to base a rent reduction for a  condition  not
          mentioned in the tenant's complaint. 

               However,  a  review  of  Division  records  reveals  that  a
          separate complaint assigned Docket No.  FI  520058-S  raised  the
          bedroom ceilings' defects.  Those proceedings were closed without 
          action, and the complaint therein was referred for  consolidation
          and processing with  the  proceedings  herein  under  review,  in
          accordance with Division policy. 

               The record in Docket No. FI-520058-S also reflects that  the
          owner was served with the tenant's complaint and that  the  owner
          filed a timely response. 



               An inspection conducted on February 20, 1992 by a member  of
          the Division staff revealed  that  bedroom  ceilings  were  water
          damaged and cracked.  No other service  reductions  alleged  were
          confirmed.

               In light of the complete record,  the  petitioner's  request
          that the rent reduction order be reversed based on a lack of  due
          process must be rejected.






          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: GC - 420258 RO

               THEREFORE, in accordance with the  provisions  of  the  City
          Rent Control Law and the Rent and Eviction Regulations, it is

               ORDERED, that the owner's petition be denied  and  that  the
          Administrator's order be affirmed.  

          ISSUED:



                                                                        
                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Acting Deputy Commissioner




                                                    

    

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