Docket Number: FD-110033-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.: FD 110033-RO
                                            :  
             A. and S. HOSEIN,                 DISTRICT RENT ADMIN.     
                                               DOCKET NOS.: EF 110200-OR 
                              PETITIONER    :               DF 110239-OR
        ------------------------------------X                 CA    110020-S
              
           ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

        The above-named owner filed a  timely  Petition  for  Administrative
        Review of an order issued  on  December  28,  1990,  concerning  the
        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 June 29, 1989, the owner filed an  application  to  restore  rent
        based on the restoration of services  for  which  a  rent  reduction
        order was issued under the above-described docket number.

        This Order and Opinion consolidated  rent  restoration  applications
        under Docket Nos. EF-110200-OR and DF-110239-OR because they involve 
        common issues of law and fact.

        Thereafter on March 7, 1990, October 1, 1990 and December 13,  1990,
        an inspection of the subject  apartment  was  conducted  by  a  DHCR
        inspector who confirmed that services were not restored.

        On December 28, 1990, the Administrator issued an  order  under  the
        above-described docket number based on said inspection, finding that 
        services were not restored,  denying  the  owner's  application  and
        continuing the rent reduction in effect.

        In this petition, the owner contends in substance that  on  November
        29, 1990, prior to the issuance of the order, the owner attempted to 
        complete repairs but the tenant refused access.  Another appointment 
        on January 29, 1991 was scheduled,  but  again  the  tenant  refused
        access.

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

        Although the owner asserts in this petition tenant refusing  access,
        the record clearly shows  that  the  owner  failed  to  assert  such
        defense in the  proceeding  below.   The  owner  first  raised  this
        defense only as a self-serving and unproven assertion on appeal.  In 
        addition, the owner provided insufficient evidence to show  that  it
        complied with Policy Statement (90-5) "Arranging Repairs, No  Access
        Inspection."






          Docket Number: FD-110033-RO

        Because inspection disclosed  defective  conditions  and  the  owner
        failed to prove tenant refusing access pursuant to Policy  Statement
        (90-5), the Administrator's order reducing the rent is warranted.

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

        ORDERED, that this petition for administrative review  be,  and  the
        same hereby is, denied, and that the order of the Rent Administrator 
        be, and the same hereby is, affirmed.

        ISSUED:




                                                                      
                                        ELLIOT SANDER
                                        Deputy Commissioner




                                                   
    

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