GK410148RO

                                  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.: GK410148RO
                                                  
          SUSAN WEINSTEIN                         RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET 
                                                  NO.: FL410234S
                                  PETITIONER            
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                       AND REVOKING RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S ORDER

               On November 27, 1992 the above named petitioner-owner filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued on November 12, 1992.  The order concerned the 
          housing accommodations known as Apt. 4T located at 138 Haven 
          Avenue, New York, N.Y.  The Administrator directed restoration of 
          services and ordered a rent reduction for failure to maintain 
          required services.  

               The Commissioner has reviewed the record and carefully 
          considered that portion relevant to the issues raised by this 
          appeal.

               The tenant commenced this proceeding on December 10, 1991 by 
          filing a Statement of Complaint of Decrease in Services and stated, 
          in sum, that the owner was not maintaining certain required 
          services.

               The owner was served with a copy of the complaint and afforded 
          an opportunity to respond. The owner filed a response on January 
          10, 1992 and stated that repairs had been completed.  On January 
          15, 1992 the tenant filed a reply and confirmed that repairs had 
          been completed and that the complaint should be considered closed.  
           
               The Administrator ordered a physical inspection of the subject 
          apartment.  The inspection was conducted on August 18, 1992 and 
          revealed that certain of the conditions listed in the complaint 
          were still in need of repair.

               The Administrator issued the order appealed herein on November 
          12, 1992 and ordered a rent reduction of an amount equal to the 
          percentage of the most recent guidelines adjustment for the lease 












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          commencing prior to February 1, 1992.

               On appeal the owner states that the tenant refused the owner's 
          employees access to the subject apartment to complete the necessary 
          repairs and that the tenant recently vacated the subject apartment 
          owing a large sum in rent arrears.  The petition was served on the 
          tenant on December 16, 1992. No response to the petition was 
          received from the tenant.

               After careful review of the evidence in the record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be granted 
          and the Administrator's order should be revoked.

               The Commissioner is of the opinion that the Administrator 
          should have terminated this proceeding based on the statement filed 
          by the tenant on January 15, 1992.  Once the tenant withdrew her 
          complaint it was improper to order a physical inspection of the 
          subject apartment or conduct any further processing of this matter.
            
               THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, it 
          is 

               ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, 
          granted, and that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same 
          hereby is, revoked.  Any arrears owed by the tenant as a result of 
          the Commissioner's determination herein may be paid off in twelve 
          (12) equal monthly installments or immediately if the tenant 
          vacates.

          ISSUED:



                                                                             
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner
                                      
    

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