STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                             DOCKET NO.: BL420213RT 
                                                RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                DOCKET NO.: BA520058OR       
                Jerry BARR,        


               On December 21, 1987, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed 
          a petition for administrative review of an order issued on November 
          23, 1987, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 423 West 144th Street, New York, N.Y., 
          Apt.#2, wherein the Administrator determined that the owner's 
          application for a restoration of rent should be granted based upon 
          a restoration of seven services for which a rent reduction order 
          was issued on February 18, 1986.  The Maximum Legal Rent was 
          restored to the level in effect prior to the rent reduction plus 
          subsequent lawful increases, effective March 1, 1987.  The Rent 
          Administrator's order specified that evidence in the file indicated 
          that the tenant refused access to the DHCR inspector on two 
          separate occasions.  

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

               The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator properly 
          restored the rent of the subject apartment.

               On appeal, the petitioner-tenant asserted, among other things, 
          that he was out of the City at the time of the DHCR's scheduled 
          inspections and that is why access was not provided to the subject 

               The petition was served on the owner on February 9, 1988.

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



               On January 2, 1987, the owner filed an application to restore 
          the rent of the subject apartment and an Affidavit of Compliance 
          was filed on January 12, 1987. 

               On February 25, 1987, the tenant filed an answer to the 
          owner's application alleging that the owner had not cleared 
          violations and had not restored services.

                     The Housing and Maintenance Code provides,

                    S D26-10.07 Owner's right of access---No tenant shall    
                    refuse to permit the owner of his agent or employee, to  
                    enter his dwelling unit or other space under his control  
                    to make repairs or improvements required by this code or  
                    other law or to inspect such apartment or other space to  
                    determine compliance with this code or any other         
                    provision of law, if the right of entry is exercised at  
                    a reasonable time and in reasonable manner.  The         
                    department may by regulation restrict the time and manner  
                    of such inspections.

               The Commissioner notes that the DHCR inspection staff made 
          three attempts to gain access to this apartment, without success.  
          Operating procedures mandate a maximum of two inspectorial visits.

               The record is also replete with evidence that the tenant has 
          previously frustrated the owner's efforts to make repairs in the 
          subject apartment.

               Evidence in the file shows that in a Civil Court action before 
          Hon.  Justice J. Goldman, under Index Number 63343/86, a "so 
          ordered" stipulation was entered into by the parties, in which, it 
          was specified that the tenant would provide access to the premises 
          for the purpose of correcting any violations which may exist in the 

               Moreover, the owner submitted a copy of a notice, dated 
          January 3, 1987, addressed to the tenant, which evinced owner's 
          inability to gain access to the subject apartment to make repairs.

               The inspector's report of October 13, 1987, specified that the 
          tenant phoned the inspector on June 29, 1987, and cancelled the 
          inspection scheduled for June 30, 1987.  The same report noted that 
          the tenant refused access on two rescheduled appointments, on the 
          advice of his lawyer.



               The Commissioner notes that the tenant by his actions has 
          negated manifold efforts to gain access to his apartment.

               Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that the Administrator 
          properly based his determination on the entire record, and that the 
          Administrator properly restored the rent upon determining that the 
          owner had restored services and that the tenant had denied access 
          to the DHCR inspector.

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

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


                                                  Joseph A. D'Agosta         
                                                  Deputy Commissioner        



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