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. CL 420032-RO
                                         :  
                                            RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
      GILDA & ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ,            DOCKET NO. CC 420134-OR
                           PETITIONERS   : 
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           ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


     On December 16,  1988,  the  above  named  owners  filed  a  petition  for
     administrative review of an order issued  November  16,  1988  by  a  Rent
     Administrator, concerning housing accommodations  known  as  Apartment  4,
     located at 349 West 84th Street, New York, wherein the Rent  Administrator
     denied the owners' application for restoration of the rent.

     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.

     This proceeding was commenced on April 11, 1988 by the owners'  filing  an
     application to restore the subject lawful rent, which had been reduced  by
     an order issued on October 28, 1987 under  Docket  No.  AE  420177-S.   In
     their application, the  landlords  asserted  that  the  tenant  failed  to
     provide access for repairs.

     In view  of  the  landlords'  assertion  in  their  application  for  rent
     restoration that the tenant  was  not  providing  access  to  the  subject
     apartment, to make repairs, the rent agency mailed to the parties in  this
     proceeding a "Notice of Inspection (For Access)" dated October  11,  1988.
     The notice directed both the landlord or  his  repair  person(s)  and  the
     tenant to be present at the subject apartment on October 18, 1988, at 9.00 
     A.M.  The inspector's report states that the tenant was present,  but  the
     landlord did not appear.

     On November 16, 1988, the Rent Administrator issued the order  here  under
     review, denying the landlord's application.

     The landlords' petition  asserts  that  the  'Notice  of  Inspection  (For
     Access)' did not reach their attorneys' office until October 14, 1988, and 
     did not reach the desk of the  attorney  handling  this  proceeding  until
     October 19, 1988, one day after the access date.  If further asserts  that
     the attorneys' request for  a  second  inspection  should  not  have  been
     denied.

     The Commissioner is of the opinion that the landlords' petition should  be
     denied.







          DOCKET NUMBER: CL 420032-RO
     Law office failure does not excuse the  landlord  from  appearing  at  the
     access inspection.  As the petition notes, the notice  of  inspection  was
     received several days before the inspection.  As there was no due  process
     violation, it was a valid exercise of the  administrator's  discretion  to
     deny a second access inspection.

     Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that the Administrator was correct  in
     denying the owner's application.

     THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and Eviction Regulations, it is

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

     ISSUED:












                                                                   
                                           ELLIOT SANDER
                                         Deputy Commissioner

                                                 
    

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