STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                             DOCKET NO.: FL610069RO 
                                                RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                DOCKET NO.: FE610560S       
            731 GERARD AVE. REALTY CORP.,                                    
                                                PREMISES: 731 Gerard Ave.
                                                          Apt. #5G
                                                          Bronx, NY

               The above-named owner filed a timely petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued on December 5, 1991 
          concerning the housing accommodations relating to the above- 
          described docket number.

               The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in the 
          record and has carefully considered that portion of the record 
          relevant to the issues raised by the petition.

               This proceeding was commenced on May 20, 1991 by the tenant 
          filing a complaint asserting that the owner failed to maintain 
          numerous services in the premises.

               On May 29, 1991, DHCR transmitted a copy of the tenant's 
          complaint to the owner.

               In an answer filed on June 17, 1991, the owner denied the 
          allegations as set forth in the complaint and otherwise asserted 
          that services are being provided.

               DHCR sent on September 12, 1991 a copy of the owner's answer 
          to the tenant.

               Thereafter, an on-site inspection of the subject apartment was 
          conducted on November 22, 1991 by a DHCR staff member who reported 
          that there are roaches and droppings in the kitchen and hallway.

               The Administrator directed the restoration of services and 
          further ordered the reduction of the stabilized rent.



               In the petition for administrative review, the owner contends 
          that the tenant refuses the monthly extermination done by the 
          building superintendent.

               On January 15, 1992, DHCR mailed a copy of the owner's 
          petition to the tenant.

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

               The owner's unsubstantiated assertion that the tenant refused 
          access was not raised in the proceeding below prior to the issuance 
          of the Administrator's order and is now raised as a bare allegation 
          for the first time on appeal.  Accordingly, this unproven assertion 
          is beyond the scope of administrative review, which is limited to 
          the issues and evidence before the Administrator.

               The Administrator's determination was based upon a staff 
          inspector's report which found roaches and droppings within the 
          apartment.  The determination was in all respects proper and is 
          hereby sustained.

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

               ORDERED, that the petition for administrative review be, and 
          the same hereby is, denied, and that the Administrator's order be, 
          and the same hereby is, affirmed.


                                                  Joseph A. D'Agosta         
                                                  Deputy Commissioner        


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