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.:DK410098RO     
                                                        
          Infinity Corp./                          RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
          Mark Greenberg Real Estate Co.,          DOCKET NO.:DC410385S      
                                                       
                                                   SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                                      140 Seventh Avenue
                                                      Apt. 2H
                                                      New York, NY    
                                PETITIONER     
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               ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

            The above-named owner filed a timely petition for administrative 
            review of an order issued on October 13, 1989 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 on March 15, 1989 by filing a 
            complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain 
            services in the subject apartment.

            On March 31, 1989, DHCR mailed a Notice and Transmittal of the 
            Complaint to the owner. The record does not indicate that the owner 
            responded.

            A physical inspection of the subject apartment was conducted on 
            September 26, 1989 by a DHCR staff member who confirmed the 
            existence of defective conditions.

            By an order dated October 13, 1989, the Administrator directed the 
            restoration of services and ordered a rent reduction.

            In this petition, the owner contends in substance that all work was 
            done; and that it received no notice of the inspection report.

            In answer, the tenant stated that work was done in an unworkmanlike 
            manner.

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

            Pursuant to Section 2523.4 of the Rent Stabilization Code, DHCR is 
            authorized to order a rent reduction, upon application by a tenant, 
            DK410098RO








            where it is found that an owner has failed to maintain required 
            services. The owner's petition does not establish any basis to 
            modify or revoke the Administrator's determination based on the 
            September 26, 1989 inspection which confirmed the existence of 
            defective conditions, warranting a rent reduction. 

            The Commissioner notes that the owner failed to respond to the 
            Notice and Transmittal of the Complaint in the proceeding below and 
            in this petition offers no explanation for not addressing the 
            complaint. Thus, the allegations in the petition of completed 
            repairs and no notice of the inspection report are beyond the scope 
            of administrative review, which is limited to the issues and 
            evidence before the Administrator.

            The owner is advised to file a rent restoration application if the 
            facts so warrant.

            THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code 
            and Operational Bulletin 84-1, 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:




                                                                          
                                                  LULA M. ANDERSON
                                                  Deputy Commissioner


    

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