GB620447RO

                                  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.: GB620447RO
                                                  
          HELEN BRANDT                            RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: FF630307OR
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                          
               On February 28, 1992 the above named petitioner-tenant filed 
          a Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued January 28, 1992. The order concerned various 
          housing accommodations located at 2100 East Tremont Ave., Bronx, 
          N.Y.  The Administrator granted the owner's rent restoration 
          application.  

               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 April 21, 1989 by 
          filing a rent restoration application wherein it alleged that it 
          had restored services for which a rent reduction order bearing 
          Docket No BH610070B had been issued, based on a finding that the 
          basement stairwell walls require painting and the elevator floor 
          indicator is inoperable.

               The owner was served with a copy of the application and 
          afforded an opportunity to respond. The petitioner-tenant herein 
          filed a response on July 25, 1991 and stated, in sum, that based on 
          her personal observations the owner had not restored services and 
          that, therefore, the application should be denied.
           
               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          building.  The inspection was conducted on September 4, 1991 and 
          revealed that there was no evidence of peeling paint on the 
          basement walls and that the elevator floor indicators were 
          operable.

               The Administrator issued the order here under review on 
          January 28, 1992 and granted the owner's application based on the 












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          report of the inspector.

               On appeal the tenant states that she inspected the basement on 
          February 25, 1992 and found evidence that the area had not been 
          restored.  The petition was served on the owner on April 6, 1992. 

               The owner filed a response on April 28, 1992 and stated that
          the tenant's petition should be denied because the tenant had 
          inspected non-tenant areas of the basement that were irrelevant to 
          the proceeding and in which no tenant had no authority to be. The 
          owner also stated that it had repainted the basement in April, 1992 
          thereby correcting any conditions cited in the petition.
           
               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 basement area in question was 
          inspected by a DHCR employee who is neither a party to this 
          proceeding nor an adversary.  Numerous prior decisions of the 
          Commissioner have stated that the report of a DHCR inspector is 
          entitled to greater probative weight than the unsupported 
          allegations of a party to the proceeding.  The tenant has failed to 
          rebut the inspector's report.  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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