FA610108RT

                                  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.:  FA610108RT
                                                  
          BENJAMIN HARVEY                         RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: DF630181OR
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                          
               On January 2, 1991 the above named petitioner-tenant filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued November 29, 1990. The order concerned various 
          housing accommodations located at 1650 Metropolitan Avenue, Bronx, 
          N.Y.  The Administrator granted the owner's application for rent 
          restoration.  

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

               The owner commenced this proceeding on March 28, 1989 by 
          filing an Application for Rent Restoration wherein it alleged that 
          it had restored services for which a rent reduction order bearing 
          Docket No. BH610089B had been issued.  The Commissioner notes that 
          the rents were ordered reduced based on findings of defective 
          vents, basement in need of cleaning, graffiti on basement walls and 
          roach infestation. The Commissioner further notes that the issue of 
          the defective vents is no longer an active issue in this 
          proceeding. 

               The tenants were served with copies of the application  and 
          afforded an opportunity to respond. The petitioner-tenant herein 
          failed to respond.
           
               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          building.  The inspection was conducted on May 23, 1990.  The 
          building was reinspected on October 26, 1990.  The inspector 
          reported that services had been restored.  The Administrator issued 
          the order here under review on November 29, 1990 and granted the 
          owner's application.  













          FA610108RT

               On appeal the tenant states, in sum, that the owner has not 
          restored services and that the order here under review should be 
          revoked.  The tenant did not offer any documentation in support of 
          his claim.  The petition was served on the owner on January 23, 
          1991.

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

               The Commissioner notes that the scope of review in an 
          administrative appeal is limited to facts or evidence presented 
          before the Rent Administrator unless it can be shown that such 
          facts or evidence could not have been presented,  The petitioner 
          did not file a response to the owner's application although 
          afforded an opportunity to do so.  The Commissioner further notes 
          that the owner's appeal offers no proof to rebut the report of the 
          DHCR inspector.  The order here under review is affirmed.

               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code and 
          Rent and Eviction Regulations 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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