CE430032RT

                                  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.: CE430032RT
                                                  
          DANIEL ZWEIG                            RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: BE410087B
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                          
               On May 20, 1988 the above named petitioner-tenant filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued April 15, 1988. The order concerned various 
          housing accommodations located at 945 West End Avenue, New York, 
          N.Y.  The Administrator denied the tenants' complaint seeking rent 
          reduction based on the owner's failure to maintain required 
          services.

               The Commissioner has reviewed the record and carefully 
          considered that portion relevant to the issues raised by this 
          appeal.

               This proceeding was commenced on April 29, 1987 when 30 of the 
          47 tenants filed a Statement of Complaint of Decrease in Building- 
          Wide Services wherein they alleged, in sum, that the owner was not 
          maintaining certain required services.

               The owner was served with a copy of the complaint and afforded 
          an opportunity to respond. The owner filed a response on October 
          22, 1987 and stated, in sum, that the allegations contained in the 
          complaint had been the subjects of prior complaints filed with the 
          DHCR and adjudicated.  The owner also stated that the services 
          complained of were being maintained.
           
               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          building.  The inspection was conducted on February 17, 1988 and 
          revealed that all conditions cited in the complaint had been 
          corrected.  The Administrator issued the order here under review on 
          April 15, 1988 and terminated the proceeding based on the 
          inspector's report.

               On appeal the tenant states that the order here under review 












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          should be reversed and attaches a copy of the complaint to the 
          petition.  The petition was served on the owner on June 15, 1988.

               The owner filed a response on June 15, 1988 and stated, in 
          sum, that the petition for administrative review is without merit 
          and that the order here under review was correctly issued and 
          should be affirmed.
           
               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be denied.

               The Commissioner finds that the tenant has not offered any 
          evidence to rebut the inspector's report described above.  The DHCR 
          inspector is neither a party to this proceeding nor an adversary.  
          Numerous prior decisions of the Commissioner have held that the 
          report of a DHCR inspector is entitled to more probative weight 
          than the unsupported allegations of a party to the proceeding.  The 
          order here under review is affirmed.

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code it 
          is 

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

          ISSUED:



                                                                             
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner
                                   
    

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