ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: ART 08033 Q

           

                                  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.:               
                                                 ART 08033 Q   
                                              :
                                                 DRO ORDER NO.:           
                                                 Q 04095 OR                  
                 JEFF WEISSMAN
                                             
                                                  

                              PETITIONER      : 
          ------------------------------------X                             

            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


               On February 11, 1986, the above named petitioner tenant filed 
          a Petition for Administrative Review against an order issued on 
          January 9, 1986, by the Rent Administrator at Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, 
          New York, concerning the housing accommodations known as 196-62 
          67th Avenue, Apartment No. 1, Fresh Meadows, New York, wherein the 
          Administrator determined the owner's application to restore rent 
          previously reduced in an order issued on May 6, 1984 under Docket 
          Nos. 84020 P and 84618 P.  

               In the rent restoration application, the owner asserted that 
          the tenant refused access to the owner's handyman at a scheduled 
          appointment to make repairs on Friday, May 17, 1985. The owner also 
          stated that the tenant had refused the handyman's offer to come 
          back the next day, a Saturday, and that the tenant refused to 
          schedule another appointment.  The challenged order restored the 
          rent effective June 1, 1985. 

               On appeal, the tenant asserts that the repairs have not been 
          done.  The tenant acknowledges that he refused the handyman access 
          on May 17, 1985, as he was in the process of leaving for the 
          weekend.  However, the tenant disputes the owner's assertion that 
          there was a scheduled appointment, and asserted that the handyman 
          came to the apartment without prior notice to the tenant by the 
          owner.















          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: ART 08033 Q



               The applicable law is Section 2520.6(r) and 2523.4 of the Rent 
          Stabilization Code.

               The Division's records fail to reveal that the tenant has  
          filed a subsequent rent reduction application for the conditions 
          alleged in the six years since the rent restoration order was 
          issued, which he could have done, and may still do if the necessary 
          repairs have not yet been done.

               It is also unlikely that an investigation into the events of 
          May 17, 1985, some seven (7) years after the fact, would resolve 
          the contradictory statements of the parties.  Consequently, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the Administrator's order 
          should be affirmed.   

               This order is issued without prejudice to the tenant's right 
          to apply for rent reductions for current conditions, as the facts 
          may warrant.

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

               ORDERED, that the owner's 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
                                          Acting Deputy Commissioner




                                                    

    

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