GA 110162 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.:   
                                                  GA 110162-RO
                                                  RENT      ADMINISTRATOR'S
                 VIGART REALTY LTD.,         DOCKET NO.: 
                                                  EI 110613-S 
                                                  PREMISES: 
                                                  91-16 34th Avenue, Apt. C-4
                                   PETITIONER     Jackson Heights, 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 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,  in
          substance, that the tenant had been denying access to t e  apart-
          ment and attaches photocopies of certified letters allegedly sent 
          to the tenant.


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

          The Commissioner notes that the owner did not raise the issue  of
          denied access when this proceeding was pending  before  the  Rent
          Administrator nor did it interpose  any  answer  at  all  to  the
          tenant's complaint.  Accordingly, pursuant to Section  2529.6  of
          the  Rent  Stabilization  Code,  the  allegation  and  supporting






          GA 110162 RO
          letters may not be considered now when they are offered  for  the
          first time on administrative appeal.


          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 Rent Administrator's order be, and the  same  hereby
          is, affirmed.


          ISSUED:



                                                                         
                                              JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                              Acting Deputy Commissioner
    

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