GA 610051-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 610051-RO
                                                  RENT      ADMINISTRATOR'S
                 LEONARD M. SHENDELL,        DOCKET NO.: 
                                                  ED 610845-S 
                                                  PREMISES: 
                                                  1977 Lafontaine Ave., 
                                   PETITIONER     Apt. 5-A, Bronx, NY
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW   


          The above-named owner timely refiled a petition  for  administra-
          tive review of an order issued concerning the housing  accommoda-
          tion 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 below by filing a  complaint
          asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain  services
          in the subject apartment.

          In his answer, the owner denied the allegations set forth in  the
          tenant's complaint or otherwise asserted that  all  required  re-
          pairs had been or will be completed.

          Thereafter an inspection of the subject building was conducted by 
          a D.H.C.R. 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 his petition for administrative review, the owner  states,  in
          substance,  that  most  repairs  have  been  performed,  and  the
          remainder will be done on January 13, 1992.



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

          The owner's petition does  not  make  clear  whether  it  is  the
          owner's contention that most repairs had  been  made  before  the
          apartment was inspected or the order was issued  or  whether  the
          contention is that repairs were made following  the  issuance  of






          GA 610051-RO
          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.
          Moreover, the owner concedes that some repairs  were  not  to  be
          completed until January 1992, after  issuance  of  the  order  on
          October 7, 1991.  This order is issued without prejudice  to  the
          owner filing a restoration of services 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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