DH220346RT
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                      DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                                  JAMAICA, NY 11433




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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE          ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.: DH220346RT

                    William Simon,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.: DB220069OR
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          On August 10, 1989, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed a 
          petition for administrative review (PAR) of an order issued on 
          August 1, 1989, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 280 86th Street, Brooklyn, N.Y., Apt. A-2, 
          wherein the Administrator determined that the owner should be 
          granted restoration of the rent based on a finding that the tenant 
          denied access to his apartment.

          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 administrative appeal.

          The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator properly 
          restored the rent of the subject apartment.

          On February 9, 1989, the owner filed an application for rent 
          restoration, alleging that services for which a rent reduction 
          order had been issued by the Administrator on August 5, 1988, under 
          Docket No. BK220083S, had been restored.

          The tenant filed an answer to the application on February 25, 1989, 
          which was not germane to the service restoration issues raised in 
          the application.

          The DHCR inspector's report noted that the tenant failed to keep 
          two appointments scheduled for June 30, 1989 and July 6, 1989.

          On appeal, the petitioner-tenant asserted, in pertinent part, that 
          the owner corrected the service deficiencies in an unworkmanlike 
          manner and that he did not receive any inspection notices.
          The petition was served on the owner on November 27, 1989 and on 
          December 6, 1989, the owner filed an answer to the petition stating 












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          that the Rent Administrator's determination restoring the rent 
          should be honored.

          After a careful consideration of the entire evidence of record the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the administrative appeal 
          should be denied.

          The owner on proof of restoration of those services which were the 
          subject of the Rent Administrator's reduction order is, by law, 
          entitled to apply for an order of rent restoration.

          The Rent Administrator, in granting the owner's rent restoration 
          application, based his determination on the tenant's failure to 
          provide access to the subject apartment to the DHCR inspector and 
          the owner's workers.

          The Commissioner has considered the petitioner's claim that he was 
          not properly notified of the inspection date and finds this 
          argument to be without merit.     

          Properly addressed Notices of Inspection (For Access) were mailed 
          to the tenant on June 21, 1989 and June 30, 1989; were not returned 
          by the Post Office, and are presumed to have been received by the 
          tenant.  The tenant, however, failed to appear for the inspection 
          appointments.

          In view of a preponderance of evidence which shows that the tenant 
          was afforded adequate opportunity to provide access to his 
          apartment, the Commissioner finds that the Rent Administrator 
          properly granted the owner's application for rent restoration.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent and 
          Eviction Regulations for New York, it is

          ORDERED, that the tenant's 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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