FJ 510206-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.:   
                                                  FJ 510206-RO             
           
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
              TONY SAFONTE/Receiver,              DOCKET NO.:
                                       FB 510313-S
                                                  SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                                  560 W. 126 St., Apt. 1-C
                                   PETITIONER     New York, NY 10027
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW   


          The above-named receiver filed a  timely  Petition  for  Adminis-
          trative Review of an order issued on October 7, 1991,  concerning
          the housing accommodations relating to the above-described docket 
          number.

          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.

          The tenant commenced this proceeding  on  February  11,  1991  by
          filing a complaint asserting that certain services in the subject 
          apartment were not being maintained.  The complaint was  properly
          addressed to the petitioner.

          In his answer filed on  March 19, 1991, the  petitioner  asserted
          that all repairs had been performed.

          Therefore on  September  10,  1991,  the  subject  apartment  was
          inspected by DHCR which  confirmed  the  existence  of  defective
          conditions.



          The Administrator directed on  October  7,  1991  restoration  of
          services and ordered that the maximum legal rent  be  reduced  by
          $20.00 per month.

          In this petition, the petitioner contends in substance that he is 
          a newly appointed receiver, that he never received a copy of  the
          complaint, and that the entire apartment  has  been  newly  sheet
          rocked, plastered and painted.








          FJ 510206-RO
          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of  the  opinion
          that this petition should be denied.

          The allegation of non-receipt of the tenant's  complaint  is  not
          credible when the record  contains  an  answer  to  the  tenant's
          complaint submitted by the petitioner.

          It is not clear from the petition whether the contention is  that
          repairs had been made before the apartment was inspected  or  the
          order was issued, or whether  the  owner  contends  that  repairs
          were made following the issuance of  the  Administrator's  order.
          If it is the former, it is belied by the  report  of  the  agency
          inspector.  If it is the latter, then the  Administrator's  order
          reducing the rent was nevertheless correct when issued, and  this
          order is issued  without  prejudice  to  the  owner's  filing  an
          application for rent restoration based on 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 Administrator's order be, and the  same  hereby  is,
          affirmed. 


          ISSUED:




                                                   
                                                   JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                   Acting Deputy Commissioner
    

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