BL 420277 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. BL 420277 RO

               Amiet Corporation,              DISTRICT RENT 
                                               ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                               DOCKET NO. BG 420384 S
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          On December 1, 1987, the above named landlord  filed  a  petition
          for administrative review of an order issued November 27, 1987 by 
          a Rent Administrator concerning the housing  accommodation  known
          as Apartment 2-J, 421 West 162nd Street, New York, New York.

          The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in  the  record
          and has carefully considered that portion of the record  relevant
          to the issues raised by the administrative appeal.

          The subject tenant filed an application, dated July 30, 1987, for 
          a rent reduction based  on  the  landlord's  alleged  failure  to
          maintain numerous services.

          On August 11, 1987, the Division of Housing and Community Renewal 
          (D.H.C.R.)  mailed  to  the  landlord  a  copy  of  the  tenant's
          complaint, and a notice informing the landlord that an answer was 
          to be interposed within twenty days of the mailing  by  the  rent
          agency of the tenant's complaint.

          On August 24, 1987 the landlord filed its answer stating that the 
          service defects in the subject apartment were caused  by  a  fire
          above the complainant's apartment, occurring on July 8, 1987, and 
          that repairs in the subject apartment were proceeding.

          On August 28, 1987 D.H.C.R conducted an inspection of the subject 
          premises.   The  inspection  revealed  various  defects  in   the
          complainant's apartment.

          On November 27, 1987 the  Rent  Administrator  issued  the  order
          under review herein, finding that a diminution  of  services  had
          occurred and reducing the tenant's rent by  10%  of  the  maximum
          legal rent plus $5.00 per month,  effective  on  the  first  rent
          payment day following the issuance of the Administrator's order.

          The landlord's petition states that the Administrator's order  is
          based on an inspection which occurred prior to the expiration  of
          twenty days from the time D.H.C.R. mailed the tenant's complaint, 
          and therefore, the landlord asserts, this is before the time  for
          it to  respond  had  expired.   It  is  further  alleged  by  the
          landlord that defects  found  by  the  Administrator  were  found
          before the landlord's time to respond had expired, and  that  all






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          of the defects had been subsequently corrected.

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

          The  Commissioner  notes  that  the   owner's   answer   to   the
          Administrator conceded that there were  defects  in  the  subject
          apartment.   The  Commissioner  further  notes  that  the   owner
          responded  to  the  tenant's  complaint   prior   to   D.H.C.R.'s
          inspection of the subject apartment, and that the owner failed to 
          inform the Administrator that the alleged repairs were completed, 
          prior to the  issuance  of  the  Administrator's  order.   Having
          failed to do so, it cannot raise this for  the  first  time  upon
          administrative review.

          Accordingly,  the  Commissioner  is  of  the  opinion  that   the
          Administrator's determination should be affirmed.

          The Commissioner notes that  the  subject  apartment's  rent  was
          restored on  February  2,  1989,  based  on  a  rent  restoration
          proceeding under Docket No. CD 510136 OR.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and  Eviction  Regulations
          of New York City, it is

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

          ISSUED:

           
                                                       ELLIOT SANDER
                                                       Deputy Commissioner
    

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