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                                  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.:
                                                  GF410136RO
             YORKSHIRE HOUSING ASSOCIATES,
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                                  FI410717S
                                  PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


          On September 9, 1991, the above-named owner filed a timely petition 
          for administrative review against an order issued concerning the 
          housing accommodation known as 401 East 81st Street, New York, 
          New York.

          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 in this petition. 

          The tenant commenced the proceeding below by filing a complaint 
          asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain required 
          services.  In particular, the tenant complained of wet ceilings in 
          both the bedroom and living room.

          Although the D.H.C.R. afforded the owner an opportunity to respond, 
          the owner failed to do so.

          Thereafter, a Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) 
          inspector examined the premises and reported the existence of the 
          following defective conditions:

               1.   Peeling paint and plaster on ceiling bedroom.

               2.   Unpainted plaster areas in the living room 
                    ceiling.

               3.   No exposed plumbing pipes or leaks in the 
                    apartment ceiling.

               4.   No leaks, stains, or water damages in the bed- 
                    room closet.












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          After the inspection, the Rent Administrator directed restoration 
          of these services and further ordered a reduction of the legal 
          regulated rent.

          In the petition for administrative review, the owner mentioned the 
          reoccurring nature of this condition.  The owner also asserted that 
          the tenant had failed to cooperate in granting access to the 
          apartment.

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
          that this petition should be denied.

          The Commissioner notes that the scope of review in an administra- 
          tive appeal is limited to the facts or evidence presented to the 
          Administrator.  Here, the owner had failed to enter these allega- 
          tions into the Administrator's record.  Therefore, this petition 
          does not establish any basis for modifying or revoking the 
          Administrator's order which determined that the owner was not 
          maintaining required services based on a physical inspection 
          confirming the existence of defective conditions for which a rent 
          reduction is warranted.

          The owner may file a rent restoration application if the facts so 
          warrant.

          The automatic stay of the retroactive rent abatement that resulted 
          by the filing of this petition is vacated upon issuance of this 
          order and opinion.


          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code 
          and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974, 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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