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.: FD110345RO
                                   
             Richard Albert,                    RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                DOCKET NO.: EE110872S

                                                PREMISES: 93-41 222 St.
                                   PETITIONER     Apt.1D, Queens Village, 
                                                  NY
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


          The above-named owner filed a timely petition for administrative 
          review against an order issued on March 27, 1991 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 tenant commenced the proceeding below by filing a complaint 
          dated May 25, 1990, asserting that the owner had failed to maintain 
          various services in the subject apartment.

          In answer, the owner denied the allegations in the complaint and 
          otherwise asserted in relevant part that extermination services are 
          provided every fourth Tuesday of the month and that any tenant 
          requesting additional service may be so provided after forty-eight 
          (48) hours notification.

          A physical inspection of the subject apartment was conducted on 
          March 13, 1991 by a DHCR staff member who confirmed the existence 
          of roaches in the apartment.

          Based on this inspection, the Administrator directed on March 27, 
          1991 the restoration of services and reduced the rent by $6.00 per 
          month.


                                          
          FD110345RO













          In the petition for administrative review, the owner contends in 
          substance that DHCR has established in a prior order that 
          professional exterminating services are available to the tenant 
          upon request; that the tenant never requested for these services; 
          that the tenant hired her own exterminating services; that the 
          tenant attracted vermin because of her cats and cat food; that "the 
          tenant has a history of manufacturing vermin evidence"; and that a 
          hearing is required. There are no attachments to the petition in 
          support of these allegations. 

          In answer, the tenant asserts that the owner's pest control is 
          ineffective because the owner failed to exterminate at the source 
          (the basement/compactor room, which is below the subject 
          apartment); and that the order is based on an inspection by "DHCR 
          staff who must be assumed to be competent, experienced and 
          impartial."

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

          The owner does not establish any basis for modifying or revoking 
          the Administrator's determination. There are no attachments to the 
          petition in support of these allegations. Moreover, these 
          assertions, which are raised for the first time on appeal, are 
          beyond the scope of administrative review.

          The Administrator's order was properly based on a March 13, 1991 
          on-site inspection which confirmed the existence of roaches in the 
          apartment.  Accordingly, the determination was in all respects 
          proper and is hereby sustained.

          The automatic stay of the retroactive rent abatement 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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