DC510112RO
                                  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.: DC510112RO  
                                                  
                                                RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                DOCKET NO.: CJ510534S       
                    Blare Management Corp.,
                                                
                                                        
                                 PETITIONER  
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW     
                          
               
               On May 13, 1989, the above-named owner filed a timely petition 
          for administrative review against an order issued concerning the 
          housing accommodation known as Apartment 5W, located at 720 Ft. 
          Washington Avenue, New York, NY.

               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 in this petition.

               The tenant commenced the proceeding below on October 14, 1988 
          by filing a complaint asserting that the owner had failed to 
          maintain certain required services.

               Although afforded an opportunity to do so the owner did not 
          interpose an answer.

               Thereafter, on January 3, 1989, a staff inspector conducted an 
          on site inspection of the subject apartment and reported as 
          follows:

                    1. The small shower stall has a buckled ceiling and      
                       falling tiles.

               Based thereon, the Rent Administrator, by order dated February 
          2, 1989, directed restoration of these services and further ordered 
          a reduction of the stabilized rent, of amount equal to the most 
          recent guideline adjustment.

               In the petition for administrative review, the owner asserts 
          that all required repairs will be completed.












          DC510112RO

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

               This petition does not establish any basis for modifying or 
          revoking the Administrator's order which determined that the owner 
          was not maintaining required services based on a staff inspection 
          confirming the existence of defective conditions for which a rent 
          reduction is warranted.

               The scope of review in an administrative appeal is limited to 
          facts or evidence presented to the Administrator.  In the 
          proceeding below, not only did the owner fail to assert the repair 
          proposals, but also the owner failed to respond to the complaint.  
          Therefore, the Commissioner will not consider the arguments set 
          forth in the petition.

               The Commissioner notes that this proceeding concerns whether 
          the owner failed to maintain certain required services.  
          Accordingly, whether the services may now be potentially restored 
          has no bearing on the Administrator's determination that the owner 
          had failed to 
          maintain such services at the time of inspection.

               The owner may file a rent restoration application if the facts 
          so warrant.

               The automatic stay of the retroactive rent abatement for the 
          rent stabilized tenant resulted by the filing of this petition is 
          vacated upon the issuance of this order and opinion.

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


          ISSUED:                                    



                                                  ___________________        
                                                  Joseph A. D'Agosta         
                                                  Deputy Commissioner
    

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