Docket Number: FF 520195-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.: FF 520195-RO 
                                             
                                               DISTRICT RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
           JOVA MANAGEMENT CORP./              DOCKET NO.: DL 520434-S  
           MAXIMO ARIAS,
                                               SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                                86 Wadsworth Ave., Apt. No. 14,
                              PETITIONER        New York, N.Y. 10033  
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           ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

        On June 19, 1991, the above-named owner filed a timely petition  for
        administrative review of an order issued on May 13, 1991  concerning
        the 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 petition.

        On December 19,  1989,  the  tenant  commenced  this  proceeding  by
        filing a complaint asserting that the owner had failed  to  maintain
        services in the subject apartment.

        In its answer filed on  January  29,  1990,  the  owner  denied  the
        allegations set forth in the tenant's complaint and  asserted  inter
        alia that required repairs had been completed.

        Thereafter on April 2, 1991, an inspection of the subject  apartment
        was conducted by a D.H.C.R. inspector who confirmed the existence of 
        defective conditions.

        The Administrator directed on March 13, 1991  restoration  of  these
        services and further ordered a  reduction  of  the  legal  regulated
        rent.

        In this petition, the owner contends in substance  that  the  inspec
        tion report is in error because all repairs were made, as  shown  by
        tenant's signature on work orders dated January 20, 1990.

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

        The work orders dated January 20, 1990  purportedly  signed  by  the
        tenant does  not  show  that  the  tenant  withdrew  its  complaint.
        Regardless of the tenant's signature, the owner has a duty to insure 
        that all repairs were completed and done in  a  workmanlike  manner.
        The inspector's  report  shows  that  the  repairs  claimed  in  the
        proceeding below were not made.  Moreover,  the  owner  had  fifteen
        months from the date of service of the tenant's complaint until  the






          Docket Number: FF 520195-RO

        issuance of the Administrator's order to investigate  these  defects
        and to make necessary repairs, but the owner failed to do so.  

        This Order and Opinion is issued  without  prejudice  to  the  owner
        filing an application for restoration of services, if the  facts  so
        warrant.

        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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