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                                  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 210165-RO
                                                  RENT      ADMINISTRATOR'S
                      55 REALTY,             DOCKET NO.: 
                                                  FC 210555-S 
                                                  PREMISES: 
                                                  55 Winthrop Street
                                   PETITIONER     Apt. 4-H, 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, inter alia, roach infestation.

          In its answer dated July 5, 1991, the owner stated,  inter  alia,
          "repairs completed in apartment.  Exterminator serviced  building
          and comes every fourth Tuesday".

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

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

          In its petition for administrative review, the owner states, "Ex 
          terminator services supplied monthly on fourth  Tuesday  of  each
          month.  Tenant works and was not available for services.


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

          The Commissioner notes that the  owner's  answer  indicates  that
          access to the tenant's apartment was obtained  by  July  5,  1991
          ("Repairs completed in apartment.").  The owner in  its  petition
          has not challenged the results of the inspection nor does it deny 
          the existence of roach  infestation.   Regarding  the  allegation






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          that the tenant "was not available . . ." the Commissioner  notes
          that this issue was not raised  before  the  Rent  Administrator.
          Accordingly, pursuant to Section 2529.6 of the Rent Stabilization 
          Code, the allegation may not be considered herein when raised for 
          the first time on administrative appeal. The owner has, otherwise 
          offered insufficient reason to disturb the  Rent  Administrator's
          order.

          This Order and Opinion is issued without prejudice to the owner's 
          rights as they may pertain to an application to the Division  for
          a restoration of rent based upon the restoration of services.


          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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