FE 620243-RT

                                  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.:             
                                                  FE 620243-RT
                 ARNOLD J. MUNGIOLI,              
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.: 
                                  PETITIONER      DK 630032-B
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW   
                                          

          On May 15, 1991, the above-named tenant refiled  a  petition  for
          administrative review of an order issued on February 26, 1991, by 
          a Rent Administrator concerning the housing  accommodation  known
          as Apartment 4-A, 387 East  Mosholu  Parkway,  Bronx,  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 9, 1989 the subject tenant, filed an application  for
          a rent reduction based on the owner's alleged failure to maintain 
          service alleging dirty public areas and dirty baseboards  in  the
          subject building.

          On February 7, 1991 a physical inspection of the subject building 
          was carried out by the Division of Housing and Community  Renewal
          (DHCR).  The inspector, in his report, noted that the  complained
          of conditions were not as alleged by the tenant.  

          On February 26, 1991, the Rent  Administrator  issued  the  order
          here under review finding that  no  diminution  of  services  had
          occurred, denying the rent reduction application, and terminating 
          the proceeding.




          In his petition for administrative  review  the  tenant  requests
          reversal of the Rent  Administrator's  order  alleging  that  the
          complained of condition still exists and that the  inspector  did
          not contact him.

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

          Prior administrative decisions have consistently  held  that  due







          FE 620243-RT
          process does not require that parties be given notice of  inspec-
          tions carried out by this  Division.   An  inspection  of  public
          areas does not require the participation of either party  to  the
          proceeding for the purpose of obtaining access.

          The Commissioner notes that while the tenant questions t e  find-
          ings of fact the record clearly reflects those findings by virtue 
          of DHCR inspection which occurred on February 7, 1991.


          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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