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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.:   
                                                  GC 520022-RO
                                                  RENT      ADMINISTRATOR'S
                 ELGAN REALTY CORP.,             DOCKET NO.: 
                                                  FI 520284-S 
                                                  PREMISES: 
                                                  25 Nagel Avenue,     
                                   PETITIONER     Apt. 2-E, N.Y., 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.

          The owner did not interpose an answer to the  tenant's  complaint
          although afforded the opportunity to do so.

          Thereafter an inspection of the subject apartment  was  conducted
          by a DHCR inspector who  confirmed  the  existence  of  defective
          conditions.

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

          In its petition for administrative review, the owner  states,  in
          substance, that repairs have been performed, and that the  tenant
          denied access to the apartment.


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

          The Commissioner notes that none of the owner's  allegations  are
          supported by any substantiating  evidence.   The  owner  did  not
          raise these issues before the Rent Administrator as evidenced  by
          its  failure  to  interpose   an   answer   to   the   complaint.
          Accordingly, the owner has offered insufficient reason to disturb 






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          the Rent Administrator's order.

          The owner's petition does  not  make  clear  whether  it  is  the
          owner's contention that repairs had been made befo e  the  apart-
          ment was inspected  or  the  order  was  issued  or  whether  the
          contention is that repairs were made following  the  issuance  of
          the Rent Administrator'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 nevertheless correct when issued, and 
          this order is issued without prejudice to the owner filing a rent 
          restoration application.


          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and  Eviction  Regulations
          for New York City, 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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