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.:GA110119RO     
                                              
                                         RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                         DOCKET NO.:EJ110597S      
 Antonios Feggoudakis,                                           
                                         SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                            142-30 Sanford Ave.
                                            Apt.5B
                                            Flushing, NY    
                      PETITIONER     
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               ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

            The above-named owner filed a timely petition for administrative 
            review of an order issued on December 4, 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 October 15, 1990 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 all required services are being maintained. 

            On November 15, 1991, an inspection of the subject apartment was 
            conducted by a DHCR staff member who confirmed the existence of mice 
            and roach infestation.

            By an order dated December 4, 1991, the Administrator directed the 
            restoration of services and ordered the reduction of the stabilized 
            rent.

            In this petition, the owner contends that exterminating services 
            were always provided. The owner submits a copy of a bill dated 
            October 9, 1990 from the pest control company.

            In answer, the tenant stated in substance that the conditions 
            continue to exist.
            GA110119RO
                                             










            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 petition fails to disturb the Administrator's determination 
            based on the November 15, 1991 inspection conducted by a DHCR staff 
            member who confirmed the existence of mice and roach infestation.
            The copy of a bill dated October 9, 1990 from the pest control 
            company submitted by the owner is insufficient evidence to disturb 
            the findings of the staff inspector. Accordingly, the determination 
            was in all respects proper and is hereby sustained.
             
            The owner's rent restoration application (FL110123OR) was denied on 
            April 29, 1992; the owner's rent restoration application 
            (FL110221OR) was granted on July 14, 1993.

            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, 
            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.













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                                                  JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                  Deputy Commissioner


    

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