Docket Number: FD-420154-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.:  FD  420154-RO
                                            :  
          MALLARD MANAGEMENT CORP.             DISTRICT RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
          c/o RUDD REALTY MGMT.,  CO.         :   DOCKET  NO.:  DJ  420756-S
               
                              PETITIONER    : 
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           ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

        On April 16, 1991, the above-named owner filed a timely petition for 
        administrative  review  of  an  order  issued  on  March  11,  1991,
        concerning t e  housing  accommodations  relating  to   the   above-
        described docket number.  

        This administrative appeal  is  being  determined  pursuant  to  the
        provisions of 2202.16 of the Rent and Eviction Regulations.

        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 administrative appeal.

        On October 3, 1989, the tenant commenced this proceeding  by  filing
        a complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain  certain
        services in the subject apartment.

        In its answer filed on December 6, 1989,  the  owner  asserted  that
        "the tenant's complaints have been responded to.

        Thereafter on January 22, 1991 and January 25, 1991, inspections  of
        the subject apartment were conducted by  a  D.H.C.R.  inspector  who
        confirmed the existence of defective conditions.

        On March 11, 1991, the Administrator directed restoration  of  these
        services and further ordered a reduction of the stabilization rent.

        In its petition for administrative  review,  the  owner  states,  in
        substance, that it did not receive the tenant's complaint  prior  to
        the issuance of the order and  it  already  repaired  all  defective
        conditions.

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

        Contrary to the owner's assertions, it timely received the  tenant's
        complaint and filed an answer thereto.






          Docket Number: FD-420154-RO

        In addition, the owner's petition does not make clear whether it  is
        the owner's  contention  that  repairs  had  been  made  before  the
        apartment was inspected or before the order was issued,  or  whether
        the contention is that repairs were made following the  issuance  of
        the Rent Administrator's order.  If  it  is  the  former,  then  the
        owner's allegation is belied by the report of the agency  inspector.
        If it is the latter, then the Rent  Administrator's  order  reducing
        the rent was nevertheless correct when issued,  and  this  order  is
        issued without prejudice to the  owner  filing  an  application  for
        restoration of services.

        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 District Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby 
        is, affirmed.

        ISSUED:




                                                                      
                                        ELLIOT SANDER
                                        Deputy Commissioner


    

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