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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:              
                     JEAN MIHAULT,         
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                   PETITIONER     GI420032HW


          On January 19, 1993, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a 
          petition for administrative review (PAR) of an order issued on 
          January 12, 1993, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 1069 First Avenue, New York, New York, 
          apartment 4-C, wherein the Administrator determined that the 
          tenant's application for a rent reduction based upon a decrease in 
          services should be denied and the proceeding terminated because the 
          tenant subsequently acknowledged that the conditions in the 
          complaint have been corrected.

          The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in the record and 
          has carefully considered that portion of the record relevant to the 
          issue raised by the administrative appeal.

          The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator properly termi-  
          nated the proceeding below.

          On appeal, the petitioner-tenant denies that he unequivocally 
          stated that the owner corrected the service deficiencies noted in 
          the complaint.

          The petition was served on the owner on February 4, 1993, but the 
          owner did not file an answer to the petition.

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


          The tenant filed a decrease in services complaint on September 22, 
          1992 and the owner answered the complaint advising in substance 
          that all repairs were corrected.

          The Rent Administrator requested an inspection of the subject 
          apartment and the inspection report, dated November 18, 1992, noted 
          that the tenant cancelled and withdrew the complaint (hot-water).

          The record indicates that on November 18, 1992, the tenant informed 
          the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) inspector by 
          telephone that the matter has been resolved and further submitted 
          a written statement, dated December 18, 1992, to the same effect.

          If, as the tenant alleges on appeal, his statement of withdrawal 
          was conditional in any way, the tenant has a right to file a new 
          decrease in services complaint, if the facts so warrant.

          Accordingly, upon the facts found herein, the Commissioner finds 
          that the Rent Administrator properly terminated the proceeding 

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent Stabiliza- 
          tion Law and Code, it is, 

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


                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Deputy Commissioner          

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