FK 210091-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
          APPEALS OF                              DOCKET NO.:   
                                                  FK 210091-RO                
                   JOHN HOMZA,                    
                                                  RENT          ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.: 
                                  PETITIONER      DL 210441-S
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW  
                                          

          On November 23, 1991, the above-named owner filed a petition  for
          administrative review of an order issued on November 12, 1991, by 
          a Rent Administrator concerning the housing  accommodation  known
          as Apartment 2-R, 395 Linden Street, Brooklyn, New York,  wherein
          rent was reduced due to a diminution of service.

          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 December 14, 1989 the subject tenant, filed an application for 
          a rent reduction based on the owner's alleged failure to maintain 
          services.

          On January 26, 1990 the owner interposed an answ r  to  the  ten-
          ant's complaint wherein he alleged that the  tenant  was  denying
          access.  On November 6, 1991 the owner informed the  Rent  Admin-
          istrator that the tenant vacated owing eight  months  rent  after
          he had damaged the apartment.

          On October 23, 1991 a physical inspection of the  subject  apart-
          ment was carried out by the Division  of  Housing  and  Community
          Renewal (DHCR).  The inspector, in his report, noted  that  there
          was evidence of mice and roaches and that there was a new  tenant
          in possession of the apartment.

           
          On November 12, 1991, the Rent  Administrator  issued  the  order
          here under review, finding that  a  diminution  of  services  had
          occurred and reducing the rent for the subject apartment  to  the
          level in effect prior to the last rent guideline  increase  which
          commenced before the effective date of the rent reduction. 

          In his petition for  administrative  review  the  owner  requests
          reversal of the Rent  Administrator's  order  alleging  that  the
          complaining tenant was  dispossessed  for  non-payment  of  rent.







          FK 210091-RO
          Attached to the owner's petition is a photocopy  of  the  court's
          order in that proceeding dated December 26,  1989,  awarding  the
          owner final judgement of possession.

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

          The Commissioner notes that the notice of inspection sent to  the
          tenant on September 30, 1991 was  returned  by  the  post  office
          marked  "Attempted-Not  Known".   Accordingly,  the  Commissioner
          finds that the order under review should be revoked.   The  owner
          notified the Administrator that the tenant had been  evicted  and
          the inspector confirmed that  a  new  tenant  was  in  occupancy.
          Since the tenant has not advised  this  agency  of  a  forwarding
          address, the Commissioner finds that the tenant has abandoned the 
          complaint and a rent reduction is not warranted.


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

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby  is,  granted
          and that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the  same  hereby
          is, revoked. 


          ISSUED:



                                                                           
                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Acting Deputy Commissioner


                                          







    

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