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.: EA510123RO    
                  
          SIMILIS MGMT. CORP.,  
                                                   RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                   DOCKET NO.: DK520398S           
                             PETITIONER  
                                                   SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                                       41 Bennett Avenue
                                                       Apt. 65
                                                       NY, NY
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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 January 10, 1990 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 November 22, 1989 by filing 
            a complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain 
            services in the subject apartment.

            In its answer, the owner asserted, without submitting any conclusive 
            evidence, that repairs were performed and would be completed.

            Thereafter,  an on-site inspection of the apartment was conducted on 
            December 20, 1989 by a DHCR inspector who confirmed the existence of 
            defective conditions.

            By an order dated January 10, 1990, the Administrator directed the 
            restoration of services and ordered a reduction of the maximum legal 
            rent.

            In its petition for administrative review, the owner contends in 
            substance that some repairs were made but the tenant refused to have 
            the repairs completed.

            In answer, the tenant states in substance that he allowed the owner 
            access, but the owner merely looked over the conditions and repaired 
            nothing satisfactorily.

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

            EA510123RO









            Pursuant to Section 2202.16 of the Rent and Eviction Regulations, 
            the Rent Administrator may impose a rent reduction when there has 
            been a decrease in essential services, furnishings or equipment, 
            among other things.

            The owner's petition does not establish any basis for modifying or 
            revoking the Administrator's order which determined that the owner 
            failed to comply with the above-cited section of the Rent and 
            Eviction Regulations, based on the results of the December 20, 1989 
            on-site inspection which confirmed the existence of defective 
            conditions, warranting a rent reduction.

            The allegations and submissions in the petition are beyond the scope 
            of review, which is limited to the issues and evidence before the 
            Administrator.

            The Commissioner notes the status of the following rent restoration 
            applications: EB520059OR granted on October 16, 1990; FE520134OR 
            granted in part on December 10, 1991; and GC520126OR granted in part 
            on December 31, 1992.

            The automatic stay of the retroactive rent reduction that resulted 
            by the filing of this petition is vacated upon issuance of this 
            Order and Opinion.

            THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and Eviction Regulations,  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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