GB 210050 RO
                                   STATE OF NEW YORK
                       DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
                             OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                      GERTZ PLAZA
                                92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                                   JAMAICA, NY 11433



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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE      ADMINISTRATIVE  REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                                DOCKET NO.:   
                                                                                            GB 210050-RO
                                                   RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S      
                     TONY SAFONTE,                 DOCKET NO.: 
                                                   FI 210558-S 
                                                   PREMISES:                
                                                                                       2522 Newkirk Ave. 
                                    PETITIONER     Apt. 2, Brooklyn, NY
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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 concerning the housing accommodation 
           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 by filing a complaint 
           asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain services in 
           the subject apartment.

           In its answer dated October 21, 1991, the owner asserted that all 
           required repairs had been completed.

           Thereafter an inspection of the subject premises was conducted by 
           a DHCR inspector who confirmed the existence of defective condi- 
           tions.

           The Rent Administrator directed restoration of these services and 
           further ordered a reduction of the stabilization rent.

           In his petition for administrative review, the owner states, in 
           substance, that repairs have been performed and that he never 
           received a copy of the tenant's complaint.















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

           The Commissioner finds the owner's allegation that he did not 
           receive the tenant's complaint without merit.  The allegation is 
           belied by the answer signed by the petitioner which was interposed 
           on October 21, 1991.

           The owner's petition does not make clear whether it is the owner's 
           contention that repairs had been made before the apartment was 
           inspected or the order was isued or whether the contention is that 
           repairs were made following the issuance of the Rent Administra- 
           tor's order.  If it is the former, then the owner's allegation is 
           belied by the report of the agency inspector.  If it is the latter, 
           then the Rent Administrator's order reducing the rent was neverthe- 
           less correct when issued, and this order is issued without 
           prejudice to the owner's rent restoration application, which is 
           pending before the Division.


           THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent Stabili- 
           zation Law and Code, it is,

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


           ISSUED:



                                                                            
                                                    JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                    Acting Deputy Commissioner
    

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