Docket Number: FD-430151-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  430151-RO
                                            :  
             DAVID LEVINE,                     DISTRICT RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                               DOCKET  NO.:   EJ   420061-HW
                              PETITIONER    : 
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           ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

        On April 17, 1991, the above-named owner filed a timely petition for 
        administrative  review  of  an  order  issued  on  March  26,  1991,
        concerning t e  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 administrative appeal.

        On October 22, 1990, various tenants commenced  this  proceeding  by
        filing a complaint asserting that the owner had failed  to  maintain
        certain services in the subject apartment.

        Although duly notified to do so on  November  14,  1990,  the  owner
        failed to respond to the tenants' complaint.

        On November 20, 1990, the  tenants  filed  a  statement  with  DHCR,
        affirming that the owner had continued to fail to maintain services.

        Thereafter on November  29,  1990,  an  inspection  of  the  subject
        apartment was conducted by a D.H.C.R. inspector  who  confirmed  the
        existence of defective conditions.

        On March 26, 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 was "not given  an  opportunity  to  rebut"  the
        inspection and to correct the situation).

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

        The record shows that the owner, though duly notified to  do  so  on
        November 14, 1990, failed to respond to the tenants' complaint; and 
        that on November 29, 1990, inspection of the subject housing 






          Docket Number: FD-430151-RO

        accommodation disclosed defective conditions.  Moreover,  the  owner
        had six months from service of  the  tenants'  complaint  until  the
        issuance of the Administrator's order to investigate and  to  repair
        if necessary, but the owner failed to do so.

        Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that the Administrator  properly
        relied on the results of the inspection; and  that,  based  thereon,
        the Administrator properly determined that the owner had  failed  to
        maintain services and properly reduced the tenants' rent.

        This Order and Opinion is issued without prejudice  to  the  owner's
        right to file the appropriate application for  restoration  of  rent
        based upon the restoration of services, if the facts so warrant.

        THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law  and  Code,
        and 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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