FG 420249-RO

                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:   
                                                  FG 420249-RO                
             H. MOSKOWITZ/I. SONNENSCHEIN         
             c/o  THE   ARGO   CORPORATION               RENT   ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.: 
                                  PETITIONER      FA 420081-OR


          On July 12, 1991, the above-named  owner  filed  a  petition  for
          administrative review of an order issued on June 25, 1991,  by  a
          Rent Administrator concerning the housing accommodation known  as
          Apartment 15-E, 875 West End Avenue, New York, New York,  wherein
          the owner's rent restoration application was denied.

          The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in  the  record
          and has carefully considered that portion relevant to the  issues
          raised by the petition for review.

          On January 4, 1991 the subject owner filed an application  for  a
          rent restoration based on its alleged restoration of services.

          On April 10, 1991 a physical inspection of the subject  apartment
          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 adequately corrected and that  the  repair
          work was defective.

          On June 25, 1991, the Rent Administrator issued  the  order  here
          under review, finding that the attempted repairs we e  unworkman-
          like and denying the owner's application. 

          In its petition for  administrative  review  the  owner  requests
          reversal of the Rent  Administrator's  order  alleging  that  the
          apartment was plastered and painted complete on October 26,  1990
          and attaches an invoice and cancelled check in substantiation  of
          the allegation.

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

          FG 420249-RO
          The Commissioner notes notwithstanding the allegations  contained
          in the owner's petition, that  the  tenant's  apartment  was  in-
          spected on April 10, 1991 and was found  to  have  peeling  paint
          and plaster throughout the apartment.  The DHCR  inspector  noted
          "work  was  done,  however,  defective  ..."   Various  areas  of
          defective  work  were  cited   and   enumerated   in   the   Rent
          Administrator's order.

          The Commissioner notes that while the owner questio s  the  find-
          ings of fact the record clearly reflects those findings by virtue 
          of DHCR inspection which occurred on April 10, 1991.

          Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that the  Rent  Administrator
          properly determined that the owner had  failed  to  restore  ser-
          vices based on the evidence of the record, including the  results
          of a physical inspection of the subject premises,  and  correctly
          denied  the  owner's  application  upon  determining   that   the
          attempted repairs were unworkmanlike.

          This Order and Opinion is issued without prejudice to the owner's 
          rights as they may pertain to a de novo application to the  Divi-
          sion for a restoration of rent  based  upon  the  restoration  of

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent & Eviction Regulations for 
          New York City, 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.


                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Deputy Commissioner


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