FL 120194-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.: FL 120194 RO

     MAJDI H. AZZOUNI                   DISTRICT RENT
                                        ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                        NO.: DF 120308 S
                        PETITIONER
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  ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                
     On December 6, 1991 the above named petitioner-owner filed a
Petition  for Administrative Review against an order of the  Rent
Administrator  issued  November  4,  1991.  The  order  concerned
housing  accommodations known as Apt 2F  located  at  48-18  48th
Street,  Woodside, N.Y. The Administrator order a rent  reduction
for failure to maintain required services.

      The  Commissioner  has reviewed the  record  and  carefully
considered  that portion relevant to the issues  raised  by  this
appeal.

      The  tenant commenced this proceeding by filing a Statement
of  Complaint of Decrease in Services on June 7, 1989 wherein she
alleged the following services deficiencies:

          1.   Bathroom ceiling peeling
          
          2.   Living room ceiling peeling
          
          3.   Bedroom storm window frame loose
          
          4.   All window frames rotten
          
          5.   Entire apartment needs paint and plaster
          
          6.   Mice and rodent infestation
          
          7.   Living room wall bulging
          
      The  owner  was  served with a copy of  the  complaint  and
afforded an opportunity to respond. The owner filed a response on
July  18, 1989 and stated that the problems would be investigated
and repairs made if necessary.  The owner also annexed a copy  of
a  letter from his attorney to the tenant living in the apartment
above that of the complaining tenant.  The attorney apprised  the
upstairs  tenant of the fact that the owner had been  seeking  to
gain  access  to  his  apartment in order  to  make  repairs  and
demanded  that  this  tenant  contact  the  owner  so   that   an
appointment could be scheduled to repair the leak.

      The  Administrator  ordered a physical  inspection  of  the
subject  apartment.  The inspection was conducted on November  7,
1991 and revealed the following:

          1.   Master  bedroom,  2nd  bedroom,  living  room  and
               kitchen  window  frames rotten; existence  of  air
               seepage;  bottom sashes loose; glass pane  cracked
               on kitchen and living room window
          
          2.   Peeling paint and plaster apartment wide
          
          3.   Evidence of roach and mice infestation in kitchen
          
          4.   Living room walls cracked in various areas
          
The  Administrator ordered a rent reduction of $50.00  per  month
based on the above report of the inspector.

      On  appeal the owner states that the conditions which  gave
rise to the order here under review have been corrected.

      After  careful  review of the evidence in the  record,  the
Commissioner  is  of  the  opinion that the  petition  should  be
denied.

      The owner does not state when the alleged repairs have been
completed.   If  the  owner  contends  that  such  repairs   were
completed  before  issuance of the order here under  review  than
this statement is at variance with the inspector's report.  It is
settled  that the report of a DHCR inspector is entitled to  more
probative weight than the unsupported allegations of a  party  to
the  proceeding.  If the repairs have been completed and services
restored after the order here under review was issued, the  order
is   correct  and  the  owner's  remedy  is  to  file  for   rent
restoration.  The Commissioner notes that such an application  is
pending  with  the Division (see Docket No FL  120034  OR).   The
order here under review is affirmed.


     THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent and 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.

ISSUED:


                                   JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                   Acting Deputy Commissioner
    

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