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                                  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.:             
                                                  FC 110306-RT
                 SUNSEE CHUNGSSI,                 
                                                  RENT      ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.: 
                                  PETITIONER      EL 110007-HW
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW   
                                          

          On March 25, 1991, the above-named tenant refiled a petition  for
          administrative review of an order issued on January 30, 1991,  by
          a Rent Administrator concerning the housing  accommodation  known
          as Apartment 1-R,  1868  Madison  Street,  Ridgewood,  New  York,
          wherein the tenant's application for a rent reduction was denied.

          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 for review.

          On November 28, 1990 the subject tenant, filed an application for 
          a rent reduction based on the owner's alleged failure to maintain 
          service alleging inadequate heat and hot water in her apartment.

          On January 10 and January 23, 1991, physical inspections  of  the
          subject apartment were attempted by the Division of  Housing  and
          Community Renewal (DHCR).  The inspector, in  his  report,  noted
          that the tenant, on both dates, had failed to provide  access  to
          the apartment.

          On July 30, 1991, the Rent Administrator issued  the  order  here
          under review denying the applicati n  and  terminating  the  pro-
          ceeding based on the tenant's failure to provide access.    

          In her petition for administrative  review  the  tenant  requests
          reversal of the administrator's order alleging that she  couldn't
          be at home at the times of the inspector's visits.


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

          The Commissioner notes on that the tenant on two  occasions,  was
          served with notices of inspection prior to the scheduled dates of 
          the inspections, that both of these notices included t e  inspec-
          tor's name and telephone number, advised the tenant to be home or 
          to "arrange to have your apartment available for inspection", and 
          advised "Failure to keep this appointment may result in a  deter-







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          mination based solely on the evidence presently in the record."

          The tenant, in her petition does not allege  that  she  made  any
          attempts to telephone the inspector  to  reschedule  the  inspec-
          tions, nor does she allege that she attempted to make the  apart-
          ment available for inspection.  Accordingly, the Commissioner
          finds that the tenant has offered insufficient reason to  disturb
          the administrator's order.

          This order and opinion is issued without prejudice  to  the  ten-
          ant's right to file a new complaint of inadequate  heat  and  hot
          water if the facts so warrant.


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

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same  hereby  is,  denied
          and that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the  same  hereby
          is, affirmed.


          ISSUED:


                                                                           
                                                ELLIOT SANDER
                                                Deputy Commissioner


                                          
    

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