DOCKET NO.:  FF 710045-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. FF 710045-RT
                                           :   DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR'S
        MARTIN & MARILYN ROBERTS,              DOCKET NO. FA 710082-S
                                           :   PREMISES:  630 SHORE ROAD, #523
                            PETITIONER                    LONG BEACH, NY   
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           ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

     The above-named tenants filed a timely petition for administrative  review
     of an order issued concerning the housing accommodations described above.

     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 tenants commenced this proceeding by filing a complaint asserting that 
     the owner had failed to properly  repair  certain  leaks  in  the  subject
     premises.

     In its answer, the owner alleged, inter alia that the tenants  had  denied
     access to owner for the purpose of painting the  apartment  subsequent  to
     the repair of the leaks.

     In response dated May 3, 1991, the tenants  stated  that  they  wished  to
     postpone the painting until July, 1991  so  that  ample  time  would  have
     passed to determine if the leaks had been repaired.

     The Rent Administrator denied  the  tenants'  complaint  and  advised  the
     tenants to refile if conditions were not corrected.

     In their  petition  for  administrative  review,  the  tenants  state,  in
     substance, that access was not denied to the owner for  the  repairs,  but
     only for the painting, because the tenants were  not  available  for  this
     purpose until July.  The above-described response was incorporated in  the
     petition by reference.

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

     A review of the record below indicate that, per  DHCR  policy,  the  owner
     submitted copies of two (2) certified letters  to  the  tenants  demanding
     access for the purpose of painting.   The  Commissioner  is  thus  of  the
     opinion that the Administrator was justified in finding that  the  tenants
     had denied access to the  landlord,  and  in  thus  denying  the  tenants'
     complaint.

     This order is issued without prejudice to the tenants' right to  refile  a
     complaint of reduction in service, if conditions are not corrected.








          DOCKET NO.:  FF 710045-RT
     THEREFORE, in accordance with the  provisions  of  the  Tenant  Protection
     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
                                                 Acting Deputy Commissioner
    

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