FH 110335 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.: FH 110335 RO 
                                                
            JONATHAN LEVIN                       DISTRICT RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
            c/o KINGSWOOD MGMT. CORP.,           DOCKET NO.: DJ 110467-S

                                                 SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                                 111-27 66th Avenue, Apt. No. 2C
                                                 Forest Hills, NY 11375
                              PETITIONER     
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          The above-named owner filed a timely Petition  for  Administrative
          Review of an order issued on July 29, 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.

          The tenant commenced this proceeding on October 26, 1989 by filing 
          a complaint asserting  that  the  owner  had  failed  to  maintain
          certain services in the subject apartment.

          The tenant submitted photographs  of  her  damaged  apartment  and
          copies of her  letters  to  the  owner  prior  to  filing  of  the
          complaint.  The owner apparently had not acknowledged same.

          In its answer filed on January 29, 1990,  the  owner  asserted  in
          substance that "(a)ny items requiring repair will be rectified  as
          soon as possible."

          Thereafter on July 10, 1991, the subject apartment  was  inspected
          by DHCR which confirmed that the  "living  room  wall  around  the
          windows is stained, cracked and peeling paint and plaster."

          The Administrator directed on July 29, 1991 restoration  of  these
          services and reduction of the stabilized rent.

          In this petition, the owner contends in substance that  by  virtue
          of Manchester Realty Co., (Administrative Review Dock t  No.  ARL-
          06035-Q), the Administrator's order should be revoked because  the
          owner was not notified of the inspection results.

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

          The owner's legal argument in the petition  has  never  been  DHCR
          policy and precedent.  The owner is not denied due process of  law
          by DHCR's failure to forward copies of inspection reports prior to 






          FH 110335 RO

          making its determination that the owner has engaged in decrease of 
          services.  The tenant's complaint is sufficient  notice.   As  set
          forth above,  the  owner  was  fully  informed  of  the  defective
          conditions by the tenant's complaint and chose not  to  diligently
          contest  them,  and  inspection  reports  merely  confirmed   some
          allegations in the complaint (Matter of Empress  Manor  Apartments
          v. N.Y.S. DHCR, 147 A.D. 2d 642, 538 N.Y.S.2d 49).

          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 Administrator's order be, and  the  same  hereby  is,
          affirmed.

          ISSUED:




                                                                        
                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Deputy Commissioner


    

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