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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.: GE210184RO

               Morris Weintraub Associates,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.: EC210270S
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          On May 1, 1992, the above-named petitioner-owner timely refiled a 
          petition for administrative review (PAR) of an order issued on 
          February 25, 1992, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the 
          housing accommodation known as 1355 East 18th Street, Brooklyn, 
          N.Y., Apt. 3H, wherein the Administrator determined that a 
          reduction in rent was warranted based upon a reduction in services.

          The Rent Administrator also directed full restoration of services.

          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 administrative appeal.

          The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator properly reduced 
          the rent of the subject apartment.

          On March 7, 1990, the tenant filed a complaint alleging that the 
          owner had failed to maintain various services.

          The owner filed an answer to the complaint alleging that the 
          complaint should be dismissed based upon a signed letter, dated 
          April 20, 1990, from the tenant requesting that her complaint be 
          withdrawn. 

          A DHCR inspection conducted on February 4, 1992, revealed that the 
          owner partially restored services.  The inspection showed that the 
          owner failed to maintain the floor covering in the kitchen and that 
          there was no kitchen broom closet.

          On appeal, the petitioner-owner asserted, in pertinent part, that 
          the tenant withdrew her complaint on April 20, 1990.  The owner, in 









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          support of its contention, submitted a copy of the tenant's letter 
          requesting withdrawal of the complaint.

          The petition was served on the tenant on June 4, 1992.

          On June 10, 1992, the tenant filed an answer to the petition 
          stating that she re-opened her complaint because the owner failed 
          to keep its promises to restore all services.

          After a careful consideration of the entire evidence of record the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the administrative appeal 
          should be granted.

          Pursuant to Section 2523.4(a) of the Rent Stabilization Code, a 
          tenant may apply to the Division of Housing and Community Renewal 
          (DHCR) for reduction of the legal regulated rent to the level in 
          effect prior to the most recent guidelines adjustment, and the DHCR 
          shall so reduce the rent for the period for which it is found that 
          the owner has failed to maintain required services.

          Required services are defined in section 2520.6(r) to include 
          repairs and maintenance.

          A review of the record reveals that the Rent Administrator failed 
          to re-serve the complaint or otherwise notify the owner that the 
          tenant had reinstated her complaint by letter dated June 14, 1990.

          The file contains the tenant's letter of June 14, 1990, in which 
          she advised the DHCR that she is re-opening her complaint based 
          upon the owner's failure to provide a broom closet in the kitchen.

          Division records, however, indicate that the tenant is no longer in 
          occupancy and that at this point it would not serve any useful 
          purpose to re-serve the complaint on the owner.

          Inasmuch as the owner was not re-served when the tenant was in 
          occupancy, the Commissioner finds that the Rent Administrator erred 
          by issuing the order of February 25, 1992.










          THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent 
          Stabilization Law and Code, it is

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, granted, 
          and the Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, revoked 
          in accordance with this order and opinion.    







          GE210184RO


          ISSUED:





                                                                     
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner  



    

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