FJ310428RT

                                  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.: FJ310428RT
                                                  
                                                  RENT
          VICTOR H. MATTFELD                      ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: EK310490S
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                          
               On October 18, 1991 the above named petitioner-tenant timely 
          refiled a Petition for Administrative Review against an order of 
          the Rent Administrator issued October 3, 1991. The order concerned 
          housing accommodations known as Apt. E4 located at 33 Central 
          Avenue, Staten Island, N.Y.  The Administrator denied the tenant's 
          rent reduction complaint ruling that the evidence indicated that 
          the tenant had vacated the subject apartment.

               The Commissioner has reviewed the record and carefully 
          considered that portion relevant to the issues raised by this 
          appeal.

               The tenant commenced this proceeding on November 23, 1990 by 
          filing a Statement of Complaint of Decrease in Services wherein he 
          alleged, in substance, that the owner was failing to maintain 
          certain required services in the apartment.

               The owner was served with a copy of the complaint and afforded 
          an opportunity to respond. The owner filed a response on December 
          25, 1990 and requested an extension of time to file a response.  No 
          further response was ever received.
           
               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          apartment.  The inspection was conducted on March 22, 1991. The 
          inspector was unable to gain access to the apartment and reported 
          that the tenant moved out in February, 1991.

               The Administrator issued the order here under review on April 
          23, 1991 and terminated this proceeding based on the report of the 
          inspector.

               On appeal the tenant states that he is the former tenant and 












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          is entitled to redress.  The petition was served on the owner on 
          December 9, 1991.

               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be denied.

               The Commissioner finds that the tenant has failed to state any 
          basis for overturning the Administrator's order.  The Administrator 
          correctly terminated this proceeding based on the fact that the 
          tenant vacated the premises and the inspector was unable to gain 
          access.  The order here under review is affirmed.

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code it 
          is 

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

          ISSUED:



                                                                             
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner
                                   
    

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