FL 210089 RT


                                  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 210089 RT
                                                  
          CARMEN PADILLA                          RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: FG 210030 OR
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                          
               On December 17, 1991 the above named petitioner-tenant filed 
          a Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued November 13, 1991. The order concerned housing 
          accommodations known as Apt 3R located at 1522 Jefferson Avenue, 
          Brooklyn, N.Y.  The Administrator ordered the tenant's rent 
          restored.  

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

               The owner commenced this proceeding on July 3, 1991 by filing 
          an Application to Restore Rent wherein he stated that the decreased 
          services found by the Administrator in an order bearing Docket No. 
          CJ 210098 HW had been restored.

               The tenant was served with a copy of the application and 
          afforded an opportunity to respond.  The tenant filed a response on 
          August 6, 1991 and disputed the owner's assertion that services had 
          been restored. 

               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          apartment.  The inspection was conducted on September 30, 1991 and 
          revealed that the hot water temperature in the bathroom and kitchen 
          was 132 degrees. 

               The Administrator issued the order here under review on 
          November 13, 1991 and ordered rent restoration effective August 1, 
          1991.

               On appeal the tenant states that six days after the 
          Administrator's order was issued, inspectors from the City of New 
          York found the hot water temperature apartment 2R to be 90 degrees.  












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          The inspectors also allegedly found the hot water temperature to be 
          inadequate in the owner's basement apartment and informed him that 
          he was in violation of the building code.  The owner did not file 
          a response.

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

               The relevant inquiry in deciding this administrative appeal is 
          whether the Administrator was correct in issuing the order here 
          under review based on the record at the time of issuance.  The 
          Commissioner finds that the Administrator was correct. Numerous 
          prior orders of the Commissioner have stated that a physical 
          inspection conducted by a DHCR inspector is entitled to greater 
          probative weight than the unsupported assertions of a party to the 
          proceeding.  The Commissioner notes that the tenant supplied no 
          proof of her statements in the petition and the fact that 
          inspectors from other government agencies found services 
          deficiencies in other apartments bears no relevance on the issue of 
          whether that order was correct at the time it was issued.  The 
          order here under review is affirmed.

               This order is issued without prejudice to the right of the 
          tenant to file a new complaint with the DHCR alleging failure to 
          supply adequate heat and hot water should the facts so warrant.

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code 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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