ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: FI410476RT


                                  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.:              
                                                 FI410476RT
                                              :  (Refile of FG410104RT)
                                                 
                                                 RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                 DOCKET NO.:
                                                 EH410182OR
                                                 
           ALFONSO ASTACIO

                                                                         
                                                                             
                                                 
                                             
                                                  

                              PETITIONER      : 
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


               On September 16, 1991, the above-named petitioner-tenant 
          refiled and perfected a petition for administrative review of an 
          order issued on June 4, 1991, by the Rent Administrator, concerning 
          the housing accommodation known as 205 West 109th Street, Apartment 
          5R, New York, New York, wherein the Administrator determined the 
          owner's application to restore rent previously reduced per Docket 
          No. AK410701S, based on findings of peeling paint and plaster in 
          several rooms, a hole in the bathroom ceiling, and a defective 
          refrigerator.

               The Administrator denied the owner's previous rent restoration 
          application per Docket No.BG410097OR by an order dated January 28, 
          1988, based on a finding that the owner had failed to correct a 
          peeling paint condition in the second bedroom, although the other 
          conditions had been rectified.


















          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: FI410476RT

               The challenged order granted the owner's subsequent 
          application filed on August 13, 1990, and restored the rent 
          effective November 1, 1990, based on the results of an inspection 
          conducted on February 25, 1991 that found no evidence of peeling 
          paint and plaster in the second bedroom at the time of inspection.

               On appeal, the tenant asserts that the conditions were not 
          corrected, that painting and plastering was done improperly and 
          that, as a consequence, the paint and plaster were falling down.  
          The petitioner's wife had stated below that the repairs had not 
          been to her satisfaction and that she did not recall signing a 
          statement, dated March 16, 1990, submitted by the owner that all 
          repairs had been completed.   

               The agency's inspection on February 25, 1991 found no evidence 
          of defective paint or plaster in the second bedroom, and 
          contradicted the tenant's response some four months before 
          suggesting that repairs were not adequate. 

               Moreover, the tenant failed to seek administrative review of 
          the prior order per Docket No. BG 410097OR wherein the 
          Administrator found that several other conditions had been 
          corrected, but denied rent restoration based on the finding of 
          peeling paint in the second bedroom.  In the absence of an 
          administrative appeal thereof, those findings became final, and 
          allegations to the effect that those repairs were inadequate cannot 
          be considered herein.

               The tenant's bare allegations in the instant appeal are 
          insufficient to warrant modification or reversal of the 
          Administrator's rent restoration order.  However, this order is 
          issued without prejudice to the tenant's right to apply for a rent 
          reduction based upon current service decreases, if any, as the 
          facts may warrant.

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

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

          ISSUED:


                                                                        
                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Deputy Commissioner



                                                    

    

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