EJ 110231 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.: EJ 110231 RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT ADMINISTRATOR
                 ANASTASIOS MAGOULAS,             DOCKET NO.: CK 130023 B   
                                                  PREMISES: 98-15 34TH AVENUE, 
                                                            CORONA, NEW YORK
                                 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 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
          in the subject premises.

          The owner did not interpose an answer to the tenants' complaint.

          Thereafter an inspection of the subject premises was conducted by 
          a Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) inspector  who
          confirmed the existence of defective conditions.

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

          In its petition for administrative review, the owner  states,  in
          substance, that repairs have been performed.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition  should  be
          denied.

          Having failed to answer the Administrator  below,  the  owner  is
          barred from answering the tenants complaint for the first time on 
          appeal.  Moreover, despite the owner's assertions,  the  physical
          inspection report disclosed the complained of conditions  existed
          and, the Commissioner finds that the rent reduction is warranted.

          This order is issued without prejudice to the  owner's  right  to
          file the appropriate application for restoration of the rent,  if
          the facts so warrant.







          EJ 110231 RO
          THEREFORE, in accordance with the  provisions  of  the  Rent  and
          Eviction regulations, 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:




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                                                  ELLIOT SANDER
                                                  Deputy Commissioner





    

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