CG620097RO



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





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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE          ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.: CG620097RO

                    Parkchester Management Corp.,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.: BJ620258S

                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          On July 14, 1988, the above-named petitioner-owner filed a timely 
          petition for administrative review (PAR) of an order issued on 
          June 9, 1988, by the Rent Administrator concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 1960 East Tremont Ave, Apt.7C, Bronx, N.Y. 
          wherein the Administrator determined that the rent for the subject 
          apartment should be reduced upon a diminution of services.

          The record indicates that the tenant filed a complaint on 
          October 15, 1987 alleging, in relevant part, that a persistent leak 
          has caused water damage to the ceilings in the entrance and second 
          foyer.

          The Rent Administrator's order was based upon an inspection held on 
          May 5, 1988 which confirmed that the ceilings have waterstains.  
          Based on this report, the owner was directed to restore services, 
          and a rent reduction of $6.00 per month was ordered. 

          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.

          In the petition for administrative review, the owner asserts, in 
          substance, that the roof was repaired and there is no longer a leak 
          but the tenant does not want the water damaged area painted at this 
          time.














          CG620097RO

          In answer to the petition, the tenant states that the roof was 
          repaired, the ceiling is now dry, and she does not want  the 
          painting done until the entire apartment is scheduled to be 
          painted. 

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

          The record indicates that the owner filed a timely answer to the 
          complaint in which it stated that the repairs were made to the roof 
          but that the tenant did not wish to have the painting done.  This 
          answer did not reach the Administrator before the order was issued 
          and was never served on the tenant.  The allegation that all 
          repairs were done except for those which the tenant wished to 
          postpone was not considered by the Administrator.     

          The physical inspection, held on May 5, 1988, revealed evidence of 
          water damage but did not confirm that an actual leak still existed.  
          Moreover, the tenant has conceded in the appeal proceeding that the 
          ceiling is dry and a painting is not desired at this time.

          A rent reduction is not warranted and must be revoked.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent and 
          Evictions Regulations for New York City, it is

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, granted, 
          and the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 
          revoked.  The tenant may pay any rent arrears due as a result of 
          this order in monthly installments of $6.00 per month.  
                   


          ISSUED:






                                                                     
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner  
    

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