Docket Number: FB-210245-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 210245-RO
                                            :  
             BERNABE GONZALEZ,                 DRO DOCKET NO.:  DJ  210605-S
          
                              PETITIONER    : 
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           ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

        On February 22, 1991, the above-named owner filed a timely  Petition
        for Administrative Review of an order issued  on  January  14,  1991
        concerning t e  housing  accommodations  relating  to   the   above-
        described docket number.  

        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 petition.

        On October 19, 1989,  the  tenant   commenced  this  proceeding   by
        filing a complaint asserting that the owner had failed  to  maintain
        certain services in the subject apartment.

        On November 14, 1989, the owner denied the allegations set forth  in
        the tenant's complaint and asserted that all repairs had been made.

        Thereafter on December 5, 1990 and December 12, 1990, inspections of 
        the subject  apartment  were  conducted  by  a  DHCR  inspector  who
        confirmed the existence of defective conditions.

        The Rent Administrator directed restoration of  these  services  and
        further  ordered a reduction of the stabilization rent.

        In its petition for administrative  review,  the  owner  states,  in
        substance, that repairs have been performed.

        After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion that 
        the petition should be denied.

        Although the owner contends that repairs were effectuated  prior  to
        the issuance of the Administrator's order,  the  Commissioner  notes
        that the owner submitted no evidence to substantiate the  contention
        either while the proceeding was pending before the Administrator  or
        by  attachment  to  his   petition.    Accordingly,   based   on   a
        preponderance of the evidence the  owner  has  offered  insufficient
        reason to disturb the Administrator's order which  is  based  on  an
        inspection, and it should be affirmed.


        The Commissioner notes in the same  vein  that  the  owner  did  not
        raise before the Administrator in the proceeding below the issue  of
        denied access and that the owner  now  raises  this  unsubstantiated






          Docket Number: FB-210245-RO
        defense for the first time on appeal.

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

        ORDERED, that this 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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