STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:              
                    ALBERT FALCONE,    
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                   PETITIONER     BF610099OR     


          On April 27, 1988, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a 
          petition for administrative review (PAR) of an order issued on 
          March 30, 1988, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 1541 Williamsbridge Road, Apartment 6-J, 
          Bronx, New York, wherein the Administrator granted the owner's 
          application for restoration of rent with a direction to complete 
          certain repairs at a later date.       

          The Commissioner has reviewed all 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 by the filing by the owner of an 
          application to restore the rent which had been reduced on January 
          15, 1986 under Docket No. TC83913P.

          A Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) staff inspector 
          attempted a "no access" inspection on January 26, 1988.  Neither 
          party appeared for the inspection and the inspector's report 
          disclosed that the tenant called the inspector and stated that he 
          had made separate arrangements with the owner for the remaining 
          repairs.  A prior inspection on November 4, 1987 revealed that the 
          conditions giving rise to the rent reduction had been corrected 
          with the exception of the plastering and painting of the bedroom 
          and bathroom.  Accordingly, the Administrator issued an order on 
          March 30, 1988, granting the owner's application with the directive 
          to complete the plastering and painting "as per agreement made with 
          the tenant".


          In the PAR, the tenant contends in essence that it was improper to 
          restore the rent as there are still problems in his apartment, and 
          because the tenant was not consulted on this decision.

          After a careful consideration of the entire evidence of record the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the administrative appeal 
          should be denied.

          The evidence of record indicates that due to personal illness the 
          tenant asked the owner's superintendent prior to February 3, 1988, 
          to reschedule repairs in his apartment for May 20, 1988.  The 
          tenant confirms that he cancelled the January 26, 1988 DHCR inspec- 
          tion for the same reason.  Because the owner was prevented from 
          completing the repairs the owner should not be penalized by 
          continuation of the rent reduction and it was proper for the Admin- 
          istrator to restore the rent with the direction to the owner to 
          complete the repairs on May 20, 1988, as agreed to with the tenant.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code 
          and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974, it is

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


                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Deputy Commissioner

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