HI210146RO

                                          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.:HI210146RO     
                                                        
          Abraham Markowitz,                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                   DOCKET NO.:FF210647S      
                                                       
                                                   SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                                      212 South 3rd Street
                                                      Apt.6B
                                                      Brooklyn, NY    
                                PETITIONER     
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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 on August 4, 1993 concerning the housing 
            accommodations 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 on June 24, 1991 by filing a 
            complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain 
            services in the subject apartment.

            On July 9,1991, DHCR mailed a copy of the complaint to the owner.

            On July 13, 1993, an inspection of the subject apartment was 
            conducted by a DHCR staff member who confirmed the existence of 
            defective conditions.

            By an order dated August 4, 1993, the Administrator directed the 
            restoration of services and ordered the reduction of the stabilized 
            rent.

            In this petition, the owner contends in substance that he never 
            received a copy  of the complaint.

            DHCR mailed a copy of the petition to the tenant on October 16, 
            1993.

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

            Pursuant to Section 2523.4 of the Rent Stabilization Code, DHCR is 
            authorized to order a rent reduction, upon application by a tenant, 
            where it is found that an owner has failed to maintain required 






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            services.  The claim that the owner was not aware of the complaint 
            is without merit: the Commisioner finds that on July 9,1991, DHCR 
            mailed a copy of the complaint to the owner, the same not being 
            returned unclaimed. The owner's petition does not establish any 
            basis to modify or to revoke the Administrator's determination based 
            on the July 13, 1993 physical inspection which confirmed the 
            existence of defective conditions, warranting a rent reduction.

            The owner may file a rent restoration application if the facts so 
            warrant.

            The automatic stay of the retroactive rent abatement that resulted 
            by the filing of this petition is vacated upon issuance of this 
            Order and Opinion.

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

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


            ISSUED:




                                                                          
                                                  JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                  Deputy Commissioner


    

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