DL 510005 RO
                                  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.: DL 510005 RO  
                                                
            STANTON THOMAS,                      DISTRICT RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                 DOCKET NO.: DI 510123-S

                                                 PREMISES: 371 W. 126 St., #1C
                                PETITIONER        New York, New York
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          The above-named owner timely refiled a Petition for Administrative 
          Review of an order issued concerning  the  housing  accommodations
          relating to the above-described docket number.  

          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 petition.

          The  tenant  commenced  this  proceeding  by  filing  a  complaint
          asserting that the owner had failed to maintain  certain  services
          on the subject premises.

          In his answer, the owner asserted, in  pertinent  part,  that  all
          required repairs had been completed.

          Thereafter an inspection of the subject premises was conducted  by
          a D.H.C.R. inspector who  confirmed  the  existence  of  defective
          conditions.

          The Rent Administrator directed restoration of these services  and
          further ordered, a reduction of the stabilization rent.

          In his petition for administrative review, the  owner  states,  in
          substance, that repairs have been performed and that services have 
          been maintained.

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

          The owner's petition does not make clear whether it is the owner's 
          contention that repairs had been made  before  the  apartment  was
          inspected  or  before  the  order  was  issued,  or  whether   the
          contention is that repairs were made following the issuance of the 
          Rent Administrator's order.  If it is the former, then the owner's 
          allegation is belied by the report of the agency inspector.  If it 
          is the latter, then the Rent Administrator's  order  reducing  the
          rent was correct when issued.

          This order is issued without prejudice to  the  owner's  right  to
          apply for a  restoration  of  rent,  based  on  a  restoration  of






          DL 510005 RO

          services, if the facts so warrant.

          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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