GF420068RO

                                  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

                                                  REOPENED
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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE     ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: GF420068RO
                                                  
          FRAN PEARL EQUITIES CORP.               RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: ED420726S
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                      AND REMANDING PROCEEDING AFTER REOPENING

               On June 10, 1992 the above named petitioner-owner filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued May 6, 1992. The order concerned housing 
          accommodations known as Apt 2B located at 710 Amsterdam Ave., New 
          York, N.Y.  The Administrator ordered a $15.00 per month rent 
          reduction for failure to maintain required services.  

               On April 30, 1993 the Commissioner issued an order denying the 
          owner's petition for administrative review.  On May 5, 1993 the 
          owner requested reconsideration of the Commissioner's order based 
          upon an irregularity in a vital matter.  On June 1, 1993 the 
          Commissioner issued an order reopening this proceeding.

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

               The tenant commenced this proceeding on April 27, 1990 by 
          filing a Statement of Complaint of Decrease in Services and 
          asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain required 
          services in the subject apartment.

               The owner was served with a copy of the complaint and afforded 
          an opportunity to respond. The owner's attorney filed a response on 
          June 14, 1990 and stated, in sum, that he was representing the 
          owner in this matter and that the tenant had refused to grant 
          access to the subject apartment despite the owner's requests.  The 
          owner attached a copy of a certified letter sent to the tenant 
          wherein access was demanded.  The owner filed a further response on 
          June 20, 1990 and stated that the tenant had refused access to the 
          owner on June 15, 1990 although the owner had duly notified the 












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          tenant to be available to admit repairmen to the apartment.
           
               The Administrator ordered a "no access" inspection of the 
          subject apartment.  Although the Administrator notified the owner 
          and tenant of the date and time of the inspection, the Commissioner 
          notes that the owner was represented by counsel and that counsel 
          was not notified of the impending inspection.  The inspection was 
          conducted on April 6, 1992.  The owner was not present.  The 
          inspector reported the following:

                    1.   Broken toilet tank,

                    2.   Uneven kitchen floor,

                    3.   Broken living room ceiling.

          The inspector also reported that the kitchen water pressure was 
          adequate.

               The Administrator issued the order here under review on May 6, 
          1992 and ordered a $15.00 per month rent reduction based on the 
          report of the inspector. 

               On appeal the owner, as represented by counsel, states that 
          the tenant refused to provide access to the owner, that the tenant 
          had filed an additional complaint which was assigned Docket No. 
          ED420759S, that the complaint was dismissed by the Administrator 
          based on the failure of the tenant to give access for a physical 
          inspection on two different occasions, that the owner believed that 
          the dismissal of that complaint resolved the matter with the DHCR, 
          that the owner had a good faith belief that this matter had been 
          resolved, that a clerical error by the owner's staff contributed to 
          the belief that the matter had been terminated, and that the 
          failure to afford access to the apartment should bar the tenant 
          from obtaining a rent reduction.  The petition was served on the 
          tenant on June 19, 1992.

               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be granted 
          and the proceeding should be remanded to the Administrator for 
          further processing.

               The Commissioner is of the opinion that the failure to notify 
          the owner's counsel of the time and place of the "no access" 
          inspection was a violation of Section 2203.6(a) of the Rent and 
          Eviction Regulations, governing the sending of communications to 
          counsel who have filed an appearance before the agency.  The 
          Commissioner therefore revokes the order here under review and 
          remands this proceeding to the Administrator for the ordering of a 
          new "no access" inspection.  The Administrator will notify all 
          parties including the counsel to the owner of the date and time of 
          the inspection.






          GF420068RO


                    THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent and Eviction Regulations 
          for New York City it is

               ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, 
          granted, that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same 
          hereby is, revoked, and that this proceeding be, and the same 
          hereby is, remanded to the Administrator for further processing 
          consistent with this order and opinion.

          ISSUED:



                                                                             
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner
                                   






    

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