BJ 210087 RO

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




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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE     ADMINISTRATIVE  REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:   
                                                  BJ 210087-RO
                                                  RENT      ADMINISTRATOR'S
                     EDWARD LEARY,               DOCKET NO.: 
                                                  ZBC 210579-S
                                                  PREMISES: 
                                                  10 Plaza Street   
                                   PETITIONER     Apt. 5-F, Brooklyn, NY
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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 concerning  the  housing  accommodation
          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  by  filing  a  complaint
          asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain  services
          in the subject apartment.  The owner failed to answ r  said  com-
          plaint.

          Thereafter an inspection of the subject apartment  was  conducted
          by a DHCR inspector who  confirmed  the  existence  of  defective
          conditions.

          The Rent Administrator directed restoration of these services and 
          further ordered a reduction  of  the  stabilized  rent  by  order
          issued September 8, 1987.




          In his petition for administrative review, the owner  states,  in
          substance, that he never received notice of the  complaint,  that
          the allegations were false, that any problems caused were due  to
          the tenant's neglect or abuse, and that the landlord  and  tenant
          signed an agreement settling this complaint prior  to  the  order
          being issued.

          After a careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 






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          that the petition should be denied.  

          The file  from  the  proceeding  before  the  Rent  Administrator
          indicates that notice of the  complaint  properly  addressed  was
          sent to the landlord on April 15, 1987.  The  argument  that  the
          tenant's allegations were false is completely contradicted  by  a
          DHCR inspection that took place on August 17,  1987  which  found
          the tenant's air conditioner was inoperative and  spaces  existed
          in the living room flooring.

          The landlord submitted no evidence showing  that  either  of  the
          services found  to  have  been  reduced  were  caused  by  tenant
          neglect.  The owner failed to specify what conditions were due to 
          tenant abuse or neglect so such  a  general  statement  is  given
          little weight.

          Similarly, although the owner claims he and  the  tenant  entered
          into an agreement settling this matter no copy of said  agreement
          was provided.  Clearly, the tenant did not withdraw her complaint 
          and the District Rent  Administrator  properly  relied  upon  the
          evidence presented.

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

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


          ISSUED:



                                                                           
                                                   JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                   Acting Deputy Commissioner
    

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