Docket No. DK 930085-RO

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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: DK 930085-RO 

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: GCG 830062-B
                                                  Premises: 70 Virginia      
                                                           Road, North       
                                                           White Plains,     
                                                           New York
          Jerry Rogovin           PETITIONER


              On November 14, 1989, the above-named owner filed a timely 
          petition for administrative review of an order issued concerning 
          the housing accommodations described above.

              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 tenants commenced this proceeding on July 1, 1988 by filing 
          a complaint asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain 
          services in the subject premises, specifically, that the owner had 
          discontinued van service.

              In its Answer, filed on August 25, 1988, the owner responded 
          that "van service is being provided.  Landlord requests dismissal 
          of this docket."

              The Tenant Representative was served with a copy of the above 
          Answer, and replied in October 4, 1988 that van service had been 
          restored only partially. 

              The owner stated on November 8, 1988 that any problems with the 
          van service had been due to "a misunderstanding on the part of the 
          van driver", and that service had since been fully restored.

              On October 11, 1989, the Rent Administrator directed 
          restoration of these services and further ordered a reduction of 

          Docket No. DK 930085-RO

          the regulated rent, effective May 1, 1988 through March 1, 1989.

              In its petition for administrative review, the owner argues 
          that the effective date of the Order is incorrect since it was 
          served with the tenants' complaint on August 1988, and van service 
          was fuly restored on October 26, 1988.

              The Owner further argues on appeal that the Administrator's 
          Order should be rescinded, since the decrease in service was the 
          result of a "misunderstanding" by the van driver, as the owner 
          originally explained to the Administrator below.

              The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should be 

              The owner's arguments as to the Effective Dates of the 
          Administrator's Order have been rendered moot by GCG 830062-B/GDL 
          830004-RP, issued by the Administrator on May 30, 1990, which 
          changed the Effective Dates of the Administrator's Order to August 
          1988-November 1, 1988, corresponding to the "Proper Effective 
          Dates" noted by the Owner in its petition.

              The owner's argument concerning the "misunderstanding" of the 
          van driver is without merit.  The owner is responsible for the acts 
          of its agents.                             

              The Commissioner notes that various tenants, in response to the 
          owner's appeal have demanded that the Effective Date of the rent 
          reduction be charged to December 1987, the date of the cessation of 
          bus service.  Per the  relevant Tenant Protection and Rent and 
          Eviction Regulations, the Effective Date of a Rent Reduction is 
          determined by the date of service of the tenant's complaint upon 
          the owner by the DHCR and not by the date of the reduction in 
          service.  The Commissioner also notes that this order has no effect 
          on any other outstanding rent reductions against the owner.

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

              ORDERED, that this petition for administrtive review be, and 
          the same hereby is, denied, and, that the Rent Administrator Order 
          be, and the same hereby is, affirmed.


                                             Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                             Acting Deputy Commissioner

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