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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, NEW YORK 11433

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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE  ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                            DOCKET NO. BL 210302 RO

               Edward Brenner,                 DISTRICT RENT ADMINISTRATOR
                                               DOCKET NO. BD 210001 SH
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                       IN PART

          On December 21, 1987, the above-named owner filed a petition  for
          administrative review of an order issued on November 17, 1987  by
          a   District   Rent   Administrator   concerning   the    housing
          accommodation known as Apartment 1-2, 613 54th Street,  Brooklyn,
          New York, wherein  rent  was  reduced  due  to  a  diminution  of
          service.

          The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in  the  record
          and has carefully considered that portion of the record  relevant
          to the issues raised by the petition for review.

          On April 3, 1987 the subject tenant filed an  application  for  a
          rent  reduction,  alleging,  among  other  things,  that  sheets,
          towels, pillow cases, curtains, and toilet paper were  not  being
          provided.

          On June 11, 1987 the owner interposed an answer to  the  tenant's
          complaint wherein  he  alleged,  among  other  things,  that  all
          required services were  being  provided,  and  that  the  subject
          tenant removed the curtains that were provided by the owner,  and
          replaced them without obtaining the owner's permission.

          On September  3,  1987  a  physical  inspection  of  the  subject
          apartment  was  carried  out  by  the  Division  of  Housing  and
          Community Renewal (DHCR).  The inspector, in  his  report,  noted
          that the subject tenant did not receive  sheets,  towels,  pillow
          cases, curtains and toilet paper.

          On November 17, 1987 the District Rent Administrator  issued  the
          order here under review finding that a diminution of services had 
          occurred and reducing the tenant's rent to the  level  in  effect
          prior to the last rent guideline increase which commenced  before
          the effective date of the rent reduction.

          The owner's petition asserts that the subject  tenant  was  given
          linens when he moved in; that the subject tenant does not provide 
          access to  the  subject  apartment  to  receive  the  linens  and
          towels; that toilet paper  is  provided,  and  that  the  subject
          tenant  removed  the  existing  satisfactory  curtains  from  the
          subject apartment himself.







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          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of  the  opinion
          that the owner's petition should be granted in part.

          The issue raised in the petition regarding the alleged failure of 
          the tenant to provide access for the purpose of receiving  linens
          was not  raised  in  the  proceeding  before  the  District  Rent
          Administrator.  Accordingly, it  is  outside  the  scope  of  the
          Commissioner's  review  and  will  not  be  considered  in   this
          administrative appeal.  Even if this issue were  properly  before
          the Commissioner, it is noted that the  landlord's  assertion  of
          the tenant's failure to provide access is unsubstantiated in  any
          event.

          Regarding the toilet  paper,  the  Commissioner  notes  that  the
          report of inspection indicated that toilet paper  was  not  being
          provided.  Accordingly, the Commissioner is of the  opinion  that
          the District Rent Administrator's  finding  to  that  effect  was
          warranted.

          As to the curtains, the record indicates that the  tenant  failed
          to substantiate his allegation that the  existing  curtains  were
          dirty and unserviceable, and his conceded removal of them  before
          the inspection prevented the agency from ascertaining whether his 
          allegation was true.  Accordingly, the  Commissioner  is  of  the
          opinion that the failure to provide curtains should be eliminated 
          as one of the bases for the rent reduction.

          The Commissioner further notes that this order is issued  without
          prejudice to the owner's right  to  file  an  application  for  a
          restoration of rent when all services have been restored.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with  the  Rent  Stabilization  Law  and
          Code, it is

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby  is,  granted
          in part, and that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same 
          hereby is, modified, in that the failure to provide  curtains  be
          eliminated  as  a  finding  therefrom,  and  that  except  as  so
          modified, said order of the District Rent Administrator  be,  and
          the same hereby is, affirmed.

          ISSUED:
           
                                                       JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                       Deputy Commissioner



    

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