ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: FE230237RO


                                 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.: FE230237RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
               MAXEM REALTY CO.                   ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
               BY EUGENE M. TORTORA               NO.: EH220053BO
                                                       (DK225552BR)
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

               The above-named owner filed a timely petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 1620 Avenue I, various apartments, 
          Brooklyn, N.Y.

               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.

               The issue before the Commissioner is whether the 
          Administrator's order was correct.

               The Administrator's order being appealed, EH220053BO was 
          issued on May 3, 1991.  In that order, the Administrator affirmed 
          the finding of DK225552BR, issued August 3, 1990, that the owner be 
          denied eligibility for a 1990/91 Maximum Base Rent (MBR) increase, 
          due to the owner's failure to meet the violation certification 
          requirements necessary to the owner's being granted an MBR 
          increase, specifically the owner's failure to clear more than 80% 
          of the non rent impairing and 100% of the rent impairing violations 
          of record against the subject premises.

               On appeal, the owner argues that the requisite number of 
          violations have been cleared from the subject premises.  As 
          evidence, the owner submits on appeal a copy of a New York City 
          Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) List of 
          Pending Violations (LPV).  Various Violation numbers on the LPV 
          have been circled and inscribed "Done" or "co-op".















          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: FE230237RO



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

               On appeal, as well as at challenge below, the owner's 
          submission of evidence in support of his contention is limited to 
          the LPV as described above.  The owner obviously intends his 
          notation of a particular violation as "done" to prove to the 
          Commissioner that that violation has been repaired.

               The owner similarly intends the inscription "co-op" to absolve 
          him of the duty to clear violations at an apartment thus denoted.

               The Commissioner cannot regard such unverifiable and self- 
          serving evidence as proof of the owner's repair of the violations.

               The Commissioner notes that the ownership status of a 
          particular apartment has no bearing on the owner's duty to repair 
          violations in that apartment.  Even if the owner was able to prove 
          on appeal to the Commissioner's satisfaction that he had not 
          repaired certain violations because they occurred in co-op 
          apartments, the Commissioner is of the opinion that, if the owner 
          had not otherwise repaired the required number of violations he 
          would be denied eligibility to raise MBRs at the subject premises.

               THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and Eviction 
          Regulations, 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:





                                                                             
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner
    

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