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.:EI110266RO     
                                              
Vig Associates,                          RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                         DOCKET NO.:DI110477S      
                                             
                                         SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                            43-31 Ithaca Street
                                            Apt. 610
                                            Elmhurst, 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 August 23, 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 September 19, 1989 by filing 
            a complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain 
            services in the subject apartment.

            In answer, the owner denied the allegations and otherwise asserted 
            that all repairs were done.

            On July 26, 1990, an inspection of the subject apartment was 
            conducted by a DHCR staff member who confirmed the existence of 
            defective conditions.

            By an order dated August 23, 1990, 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; that the delay in the repairs was caused by the tenant going 
            on vacation.

            DHCR mailed a copy of the petition to the tenant.


            EI110266RO

            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, 
            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 July 
            26, 1990 inspection which confirmed the existence of defective 
            conditions, warranting a rent reduction. 

            The contention that the tenant's going on vacation delayed the 
            repairs is unsubstantiated. Moreoever, this contention was not 
            raised in the proceeding below prior to the issuance of the 
            Administrator's order and is now raised for the first time on 
            appeal. Accordingly, the same is beyond the scope of administrative 
            review which is limited to the issues and evidence before the 
            Administrator.

            The Commissioner notes that the owner's rent restoration application 
            (FK110051OR) was granted on June 21, 1993.

            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 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:




                                                                          
                                                  JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                  Deputy Commissioner


    

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