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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:             
                    JILL M. LEIGHT,
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
          ----------------------------------x     BH410451S


          On June 17, 1988, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a peti- 
          tion for administrative review (PAR) of an order issued on May 27, 
          1988, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing accommo- 
          dation known as 4 Lexington Avenue, Apartment 1-K, New York, 
          New York, wherein the Rent Administrator determined that the tenant 
          failed to provide access to the apartment for inspection and denied 
          or terminated the tenant's complaint.

          The Commissioner has reviewed all 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 of a complaint of 
          decrease in services, specifically, noise from a boiler alarm and 
          vermin infestation.  In response to the tenant's complaint, the 
          owner advised that the boiler alarm is from a nearby hotel and that 
          the subject building is otherwise well maintained.  The tenant 
          responded that the vermin problem has been resolved but that the 
          boiler alarm is still a nuisance and, contrary to the owner's 
          statement, the sound is not in another building and appears to be 
          within the control of the property manager for the subject 
          building.  On two occasions thereafter an inspector from this 
          Division attempted to schedule a physical inspection upon notifi- 
          cation to the tenant by mail.  On each occasion, according to the 
          inspection report, access was not provided resulting in the order 
          herein appealed.


          In the PAR, the tenant advises that on the second inspection 
          attempt, access to her apartment was in fact provided, that the 
          inspection took place and that the inspector heard the noise 
          complained of.  She further states that the inspector, whom she 
          telephoned after receiving the Administrator's order, advised her 
          that he has a copy of the inspection report. 

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

          The report filed by the inspector, an employee of the Division who 
          not a party to the proceeding, was properly placed in the record 
          for consideration by the Administrator.  The report indicates that 
          on two occasions the inspector was denied access to the apartment.  
          An examination of Division's records has not revealed a different 
          or additional inspection report.

          The Commissioner therefore finds that, based on the record in this 
          case, the Administrator's order was correct when issued.

          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 Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 


                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Deputy Commissioner


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