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                                  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.:  CH210139RT
                                                  
                                                  RENT
          MARK E. FEINBERG                        ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: BJ210524S
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                          
               On August 23, 1988 the above named petitioner-tenant filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued July 20, 1988. The order concerned  housing 
          accommodations known as Apt. B located at 305 Henry Street, 
          Brooklyn, N.Y.  The Administrator directed restoration of services 
          and ordered a rent reduction based on the owner's failure to 
          maintain required services.

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

               The tenant commenced this proceeding on October 23, 1987 by 
          filing a Statement of Complaint of Decrease in Services wherein he 
          alleged that the owner was not maintaining certain required 
          apartment and building-wide services.  In transmitting the 
          complaint to the Rent Administrator, the tenant requested a 
          building-wide comnplaint form because several of the complaints 
          referred to building-wide conditions.

               The owner was served with a copy of the complaint and afforded 
          an opportunity to respond.  The owner filed a response on December 
          18, 1987 wherein she stated, in sum, that required services were 
          being maintained or that repairs would be made.                    
                                     
               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          apartment.  The inspection was scheduled to be conducted on June 
          10, 1988.  The inspector reported evidence of peeling and crumbling 
          plaster on the kitchen and living room walls.  All other apartment 
          services were found to be maintained.

               The Administrator issued the order here under review on August 
          16, 1988 and ordered a rent reduction based on the inspector's 












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          report.

               On appeal the tenant states that the order here under review 
          does not mention broken entrance stairs, broken bathroom radiator 
          and the fact that the backyard fence is rotted and falling.  The 
          petition was served on the owner on October 20, 1988.
           
               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be denied.

               With regard to the issue of the entrance stairs and backyard 
          fence, the Commissioner notes that the tenant filed a complaint 
          alleging a decrease in apartment services.  The two conditions 
          cited by the tenant would have to be the subject of a complaint 
          alleging a diminution of building-wide services which the tenant 
          did indeed file (Docket No. BL220030B).  The Administrator 
          correctly did not investigate these allegations in this proceeding.

               With regard to the issue of the bathroom radiator, the 
          Commissioner notes that the inspector investigated conditions in 
          the bathroom and did not confirm the tenant's allegation.  The 
          inspector's report is entitled to more probative weight than the 
          unsupported allegations of the tenant.  The order here under review 
          is affirmed.

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code 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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