ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: EJ 230216 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 230216 RO  
                                              :  DRO DOCKET NO. DE 230032 B
                     DAVID LANDAU                 PREMISES:  1315  West  7th
                                                 Street,   Brooklyn,    N.Y.


                                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  of  the  evidence  in  the
          record and has carefully considered that  portion  of  the  record
          relevant to the issues raised by the petition.  

               The tenants 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 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 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.

               The owner did not reply  to  the  tenant's  complaint  below.
          Having failed to submit an answer before  the  Administrator,  the
          owner is barred from submitting an answer 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,






          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: EJ 230216 RO
          if the facts so warrant. 

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

               ORDERED, that this petition for administrative review be, and 
          the same hereby is, denied,  and,  that  the  order  of  the  Rent
          Administrator be, and the same hereby is, affirmed.

          ISSUED:






                                                                        
                                          ELLIOT SANDER
                                          Deputy Commissioner
    

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