CC510150RT
                                  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.: CC510150RT
                                                  
          BYRON UTLEY                             RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: BF520020OR
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                          
               On February 27, 1988 the above named petitioner-tenant filed 
          a Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued January 29, 1988. The order concerned housing 
          accommodations known as Apt. 10A located at 601 W. 160th Street, 
          New York, N.Y.  The Administrator granted in part the owner's rent 
          restoration application.  

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

               The owner commenced this proceeding on June 2, 1987 by filing 
          a rent restoration application wherein it sought restoration of the 
          rent reduced in Docket No. US001763S.  The Commissioner notes that 
          the rent was reduced based on findings of mice and roach 
          infestation, mildewed bathroom ceilings and living room closet and 
          broken refrigerator freezer door and tray.

               The tenant was served with a copy of the application and 
          afforded an opportunity to respond. The tenant filed a response on 
          September 14, 1987 and stated, in sum, that the owner had not 
          restored services and that the application should be denied.
           
               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          apartment.  The inspection was conducted on November 13, 1987 and 
          revealed that the broken refrigerator freezer door and tray were 
          repaired but that the owner had not restored the other services.

               The Administrator issued the order here under review on 
          January 29, 1988 and granted the application in part.  Rent 
          restoration of $4.00 per month was ordered with the owner given 
          leave to refile for the remaining $12.00 when services were fully 
          restored.












          CC510150RT

               On appeal the tenant states, in sum, that the order here under 
          review incorrectly granted partial rent restoration in that the 
          refrigerator freezer door and tray were not properly repaired and 
          that the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and 
          Development has issued numerous violations for conditions in the 
          subject apartment. The petition was served on the owner on May 7, 
          1988.

               The owner filed a response on May 25, 1988 and stated, in 
          relevant part, that the Administrator's order was correct insofar 
          as it restored the rent based on the finding that the freezer door 
          and tray were repaired.
           
               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be denied.

               The DHCR inspector who prepared the above described report is 
          neither a party to this proceeding nor an adversary. The inspector 
          reported that the refrigerator freezer door and tray were repaired.  
          The inspector's report is entitled to more probative weight than 
          the unsupported allegations of the tenant.  The records of other 
          agencies are not dispositive and do not rebut the DHCR inspector's 
          report.  The order here under review is affirmed.  The owner may 
          refile for rent restoration when services have been fully restored.

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent and Eviction Regulations for 
          New York City 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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