CA430252RO

                                  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.:  CA430252RO
                                                  
          SOLIL MANAGEMENT CORP.                  RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: BC430008B
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                          
               On January 29, 1988 the above named petitioner-owner filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued January 19, 1988. The order concerned various 
          housing accommodations located at 25 West 68th Street, New York, 
          N.Y.  The Administrator directed restoration of services and 
          ordered a decrease in the maximum and stabilized legal rents.

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

               This proceeding was commenced on March 4, 1987 when 27 of the 
          74 tenants filed a Statement of Complaint of Decrease in Building- 
          Wide Services wherein they alleged, in substance, that the owner 
          was not maintaining certain required or essential services.

               The owner was served with a copy of the complaint and afforded 
          an opportunity to respond. The owner failed to file a response.
           
               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          building.  The inspection was conducted on May 21, 1987.  The 
          building was reinspected on May 22, 1987.  The inspector reported 
          that basement storage space has ceased and that no doorman was 
          being provided.

               The Administrator issued the order here under review on 
          January 19, 1988.  A $10.00 per month rent reduction was ordered 
          for rent controlled tenants.  A rent reduction of an amount equal 
          to the most recent guideline adjustment was ordered for rent 
          stabilized tenants.

               The owner filed an administrative appeal on January 29, 1988 












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          wherein it alleged, in substance, that there had been no reduction 
          in services.  The petition was served on the tenants on March 7, 
          1988.

               Various tenants filed responses wherein they stated, in sum, 
          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 scope of review in an administrative appeal is limited to 
          facts or evidence presented to the Administrator unless it is shown 
          that such facts or evidence could not have been presented.  The 
          owner did not file a response before the Administrator and has 
          offered no excuse from this default.  Therefore,  the arguments 
          raised on appeal may not be considered.  

               The order here under review is affirmed.  The automatic stay 
          of the retroactive rent abatement that resulted for rent stabilized 
          tenants by the filing of this petition is vacated upon issuance of 
          this order and opinion.

               The Commissioner notes that the owner has sought and been 
          granted rent restoration (Docket Nos. CC410011OR, CL430015RP).

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code and 
          Rent and Eviction Regulations 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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