Docket Number: FB-210079-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.: FB 210079-RO
                                            :  
            WILLIAM SIMO,                      DRO DOCKET NO.: ZEJ  210120-S
           
                              PETITIONER    : 
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           ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

        On February 11, 1991, the above-named owner  filed  a  Petition  for
        Administrative Review  of  an  order  issued  on  January  16,  1991
        concerning t e  housing  accommodations  relating  to   the   above-
        described docket number.  

        This administrative appeal  is  being  determined  pursuant  to  the
        provisions of 2520.6(r) and 2523.4 of the Rent Stabilization Code.
          
        The issue herein is  whether  there  was  a  decrease  in  services,
        warranting a reduction of the legal regulated rent.

        The Commissioner has reviewed all the evidence in the record and has 
        carefully considered that portion of  the  record  relevant  to  the
        issues raised by the administrative appeal.

        On October 2, 1990, the tenant   commenced  this  proceeding   by  a
        complaint asserting that the owner had failed  to  maintain  certain
        services in the subject apartment.

        Although duly notified on October 11,  1990  to  do  so,  the  owner
        failed to respond to the tenant's complaint.

        Thereafter on December  26,  1990,  an  inspection  of  the  subject
        apartment was conducted by a D.H.C.R. inspector  who  confirmed  the
        existence of defective conditions.

        On January 16, 1991 the Administrator directed restoration of  these
        services and further   ordered  a  reduction  of  the  stabilization
        rent.

        In this petition, the owner states  in  substance  that  the  tenant
        refused access to repairs.

        The Commissioner is of the opinion  that  this  petition  should  be
        denied.




        The record clearly shows that an inspection of the subject apartment 
        on December 26, 1990 found the  defective  conditions  in  question.
        Accordingly, the Administrator properly  determined  diminutions  of






        Docket Number: FB-210079-RO
        service, warranting a rent reduction.

        The  Commissioner  notes  that  the  petitioner-owner  provided   no
        evidence in this  petition  to  substantiate  its  claim  of  denied
        access.  The Commissioner further notes that prior to  the  issuance
        of the Administrator's order, the owner never asserted this  defense
        but only raised it as  a  self-serving  and  unproven  assertion  on
        appeal.

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

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

        ISSUED:




                                                                      
                                        ELLIOT SANDER
                                        Deputy Commissioner




                                                   
    

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