CD510015RT
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                      DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                                  JAMAICA, NY 11433





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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE          ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.:
                                                       CD510015RT
                    Helen Meyer,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.:
                                                       BE410549S
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          On April 14, 1988, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a 
          petition for administrative review of an order issued on March 29, 
          1988 by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 720 Fort Washington Avenue, Apt. 5N, 
          New York, New York, wherein the Administrator denied the tenant's 
          complaint of a decrease in services on the basis that the tenant 
          failed to keep two inspection appointments.

          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.

          This proceeding was commenced by the filing by the tenant of a 
          complaint of decrease in services dated May 28, 1987.  The owner 
          was served with a copy of the tenant's complaint and answered that 
          he would provide the tenant with a larger refrigerator.  The tenant 
          responded that 2 months later the refrigerator still had not been 
          replaced.

          Two inspections were scheduled by a DHCR staff inspector for 
          February 26 and March 7, 1988 and appropriate notice was sent to 
          the tenant in both cases.  The tenant failed to keep either 
          appointment or notify the Division of her unavailability.  
          Accordingly the Administrator denied the complaint and issued the 
          order herein appealed.


          In the PAR, the tenant advises that since she spends the winters in 
          Florida she did not receive the Division's request for access for 












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          inspection and asks that another appointment be scheduled.

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
          that the petition should be denied.

          It was proper for the Administrator to deny the tenant's complaint 
          based on the report of the inspector that two attempts to inspect 
          the premises were unsuccessful and based on the fact that upon her 
          return to the apartment, and before the Administrator's order was 
          issued, the tenant did not request that the Division reschedule the 
          appointments.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the City Rent Law and the Rent and 
          Eviction Regulations for New York City, it is

          ORDERED, that the 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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