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.:FC410181RO     
                                                   (Refile of FA410230RO)
               
          Jeffrey B. Lewis,                        RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                   DOCKET NO.:DI410642S      
                                                       
                                                   SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                                      50 West 72 Street
                                                      Apt. 1101
                                                      New York, NY    
                                PETITIONER     
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               ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

            The above-named owner refiled and perfected a timely petition for 
            administrative review of an order issued on January 8, 1991 
            concerning the housing accommodations relating to the above- 
            described docket number.  

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

            The tenant commenced this proceeding on September 28, 1989 by filing 
            a complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain 
            services in the subject apartment.

            In answer, the owner denied the allegations and otherwise asserted 
            that services are being provided, and that the tenant refuses 
            access.

            DHCR mailed a copy of Policy Statement 90-5 (Arranging Repairs; No 
            Access Inspections) to the owner.

            The owner failed to respond to DHCR's request concerning 
            arrangements for a No Access inspection.

            On December 3, 1990, a physical inspection of the subject apartment 
            was conducted by a DHCR staff member who confirmed the existence of 
            defective conditions.

            By an order dated January 8, 1991, the Administrator directed the 
            restoration of services and ordered a rent reduction.

            In this petition, the owner contends in substance that some of the 
            items were repaired and others are in the process of completion.

            In answer, the tenant asserted in substance that defective 
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            conditions continue to exist.

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

            Pursuant to Section 2523.4 of the Rent Stabilization Code, DHCR is 
            authorized to order a rent reduction, upon application by a tenant, 
            where it is found that an owner has failed to maintain required 
            services. The owner's petition does not establish any basis to 
            modify or revoke the Administrator's determination based on the 
            December 3, 1990 inspection which confirmed the existence of 
            defective conditions, warranting a rent reduction. 

            THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code 
            and Operational Bulletin 84-1, it is

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



            ISSUED:




                                                                          
                                                  JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                  Deputy Commissioner


    

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