DC210114RT
                                  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.: DC210114RT 
                                                  
                                                RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                DOCKET NO.: CG210010OR       
               MAHESH SUTHAR,                                      
                                                PREMISES: 4514 10th Avenue
                                                          Apt. #3B
                                                          Brooklyn, N.Y.
                                 PETITIONER  
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW     
                          
               The above-named tenant filed a timely petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued on February 8, 1989 
          concerning the housing accommodations relating to the above- 
          described docket number.
               
               The issue in this appeal is whether the Administrator's order 
          was warranted.

               The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in the 
          record and has carefully considered that portion of the record 
          relevant to the issues raised by the administrative appeal.

               The proceeding was commenced on July 13, 1988 by the owner who 
          filed an application to restore rent based on the restoration of 
          services.

               On July 21, 1988, DHCR mailed to the tenant a copy of the 
          owner's application.

               The tenant filed on August 11, 1988 an answer stating that the 
          owner failed to repair the defective conditions.

               On November 30, 1988, a physical inspection of the premises 
          was conducted by a DHCR staff member who confirmed the restoration 
          of services.

               Based on the inspector's report, the Administrator determined 
          that the top left window in the bedroom was repaired, that the 
          bathroom ceiling has been plastered and painted, and that the 
          bathroom paneling above the sink was repaired.  The Administrator 
          granted the owner's application and ordered the restoration of 
          rent.












          DC210114RT

               

               In the petition for administrative review, the tenant contends 
          that the inspection was flawed, that the bathroom paneling above 
          the tub and sink was not repaired.

               On April 24, 1989, DHCR mailed a copy of the tenant's petition 
          to the owner.

               In answer, the owner states that the tenant is abusing the 
          system by denying the restoration of services which were confirmed 
          by inspection and by damaging the property to reduce rent unfairly.

               DHCR mailed on May 9, 1989 a copy of the owner's answer to the 
          tenant.

               The Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be 
          denied.

               The Administrator's determination was based upon a staff 
          inspector's report which found that the defective conditions within 
          the apartment were repaired.  The determination was in all respects 
          proper and is hereby sustained.

               The tenant's contention in the petition that the inspection is 
          flawed is unsubstantiated and without merit.

               THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and 
          Code, 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, affirmed.



          ISSUED:                                    






                                                  ___________________        
                                                  Joseph A. D'Agosta         
                                                  Deputy Commissioner        
                                                 

                    
    

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