Docket Number: AJ-410349-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. AJ 410349-RO
                                         :  
          JONATHAN A. LANDERS               DISTRICT RENT ADMINISTRATOR
                                            DOCKET NO. LCS000393-B
                           PETITIONER    : 
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           ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

     On  October  20,  1986,  the  above-named  owner  filed  a  petition   for
     administrative review of an order  issued  on  September  15,  1986  by  a
     District Rent Administrator concerning various housing  accommodations  in
     the premises known as 222 East 10th Street, New York, New York.

     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 for review.

     On April 9, 1985, several  tenants  filed  a  complaint  alleging  various
     decreases in required services.

     On or about April 11, 1985, the District Rent Administrator served a  copy
     of the tenants' complaint upon the owner and afforded him  an  opportunity
     to answer.

     In his answer, dated April 17, 1985, the owner denied that there were  any
     reductions in service.

     A physical inspection was conducted by an agency  inspector  on  June  23,
     1986.  The report of this  inspection  indicates  that  the  hallways  and
     stairways needed mopping and sweeping.

     On September 15, 1986 the District Rent  Administrator  issued  the  order
     here under review, reducing the regulated rents based upon a finding  that
     the public areas were in need of cleaning.

     In  his  petition  for  administrative  review,  the  owner  asserts,   in
     substance, that there is no inspection report in the file indicating  that
     the public areas were in need of cleaning; that he never  received  notice
     of the condition before the order was issued, and that  other  inspections
     showed that the owner keeps the public areas clean.

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

     With regard to the owner's first allegation, the Commissioner  notes  that
     the file does contain an inspection  report  indicating  that  the  public
     areas were in need of cleaning.  As to the issue  of  notice,  the  record

     shows that the owner was served with a copy  of  the  tenants'  complaint,
     which alleged as follows: "Hallways and other public areas are filthy  and






          Docket Number: AJ-410349-RO
     not regularly cleaned."  As to  the  owner's  allegation  regarding  other
     inspections, the Commissioner notes that the District Rent Administrator's 
     order was based upon the inspection conducted in  this  proceeding,  which
     disclosed that the required service of keeping the public areas clean  was
     not being maintained.  The Commissioner further notes the owner's  failure
     to specify the inspections referred to in his petition or to submit copies 
     of reports of any such alleged inspections.  Accordingly, and  based  upon
     the entire evidence of record, the Commissioner is of the opinion that the 
     petition for review should be denied.
               
     THEREFORE, in accordance with the City Rent and  Rehabilitation  Law,  the
     Rent and Eviction Regulations, and the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, it 
     is

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

     ISSUED:




                                                                   
                                     ELLIOT SANDER
                                     Deputy Commissioner




                                                   
      
    

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