STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:              
DG610397RT  (Refile of
                     ESTHER GRANT,     
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                   PETITIONER     CE630026B 


          The above-named tenant filed a timely petition for administrative 
          review (PAR) of an order issued on December 16, 1988, concerning 
          the housing accommodations known as 2454 Tiebout Avenue, Apartment 
          5-K, Bronx, New York, wherein the Rent Administrator determined the 
          tenants' complaint of a reduction of certain services.

          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.             

          The tenants commenced these proceedings by filing a complaint 
          stating that the owner had compelled the tenants to remove 
          individual television aerials because the owner had installed a 
          master antenna, for which the tenants would be charged. The tenants 
          requested a rent reduction if they were compelled to use the master 

          The tenants also stated that rent controlled tenants had been 
          paying a $2.00 monthly charge for many years, incorporated into 
          their monthly rent.

          The owner confirmed the removal of individual aerials, noting that 
          the tenants were "welcome to use the master antenna at a nominal 
          charge approved by the Division of Housing and Community Renewal 

          An inspection was conducted on September 6, 1988.  The DHCR in- 
          spector reported, among other things, that a master antenna had 
          been installed on the roof and that tenants connected thereto were 
          being charged for the service.


          The Rent Administrator terminated the case, finding that it did not 
          warrant relief on a building-wide basis, but advised the tenants to 
          file individual complaints of decreased services.

          In the petition for administrative review proceedings, the tenant 
          states that she refuses to be connected to the master antenna, and 
          requests compensation because a $2.00 per month charge was 
          incorporated into her controlled rent in 1951 for the right to 
          maintain a television aerial on the roof.

          After careful consideration the Commissioner is of the opinion that 
          the petition should be denied as it fails to establish any error of 
          law or fact in the proceedings below warranting modification or 
          revocation of the Rent Administrator's order. 

          Division records also show that the Rent Administrator issued an 
          order on July 25, 1989 per Docket No. CE620154S wherein the Rent 
          Administrator granted a $2.00 per month rent reduction based on a 
          finding that the tenant's aerial had been removed from the roof.

          Parenthetically, the Commissioner also notes that Section 2529.1 of 
          the Rent Stabilization Code provides that a PAR must be verified or 
          affirmed by each person joining therein, and that a PAR filed by an 
          alleged representative must include, at the time of filing the PAR, 
          written evidence of authorization to act in such representative 
          capacity for the purpose of filing the PAR.  In light of the 
          instant determination, the question of whether the petition was 
          properly filed on behalf of other tenants, or whether the petition 
          should be considered to have been filed individually by a tenant in 
          the absence of such authorization, has been rendered moot, and need 
          not be considered herein.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and Eviction Regulations, 
          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 


                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Deputy Commissioner          




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