Docket No. EG 920345-RO
                                 STATE OF NEW YORK 
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: EG 920345-RO

                                                  DRO DOCKET NO.: 
                                                  YED 920393-S
                                                  Premises:  95-117  Ravine
          Susan Weinstein          PETITIONER                #1B,  Yonkers,
          ------------------------------------X                New     York


              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 tenant commenced this proceeding by  filing  a  complaint
          asserting that the owner had failed to maintain certain  services
          in the subject premises.  
              In its answer, the  owner  variously  asserted  that  certain
          repairs had been made and others would soon be made.  Others were 
          alleged not to be necessary.  Still others were alleged to be due 
          to theft or vandalism.

              The Rent administrator directed restoration of  the  services
          and further ordered a reduction of the regulated rent.

              In its petition for administrative review the  owner   states
          that the Administrator's order is not  based  on  an  inspection,
          and should be  vacated.   The  owner  further  contends  that  it
          received a "Request for  Additional  Information/Evidence   Final
          Notice" from the Administrator;  that  the  Request  allowed  the
          owner 10 days to  respond;  and  that  the  owner   received  the
          request on July 11, 1990 but the Administrator's order was issued 
          on July 20, 1990 (9 days  later),  thus  denying  the  owner  the
          opportunity to timely submit evidence before  the  Administrator.
          The owner contends that it should have had until July 25, 1990 to 
          respond, being 10 working days from receipt of the notice.

              The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition  should
          be denied.

          Docket No. EG 920345-RO

              In addition to giving the owner 10  days  from  the  date  of
          mailing to reply to a submission by the tenant in reponse to  the
          owner's answer, the request also advised the owner to correct all 
          the conditions complained of by the tenant within 10 days of  the
          receipt of the mailing.  The additional evidence  was  explicitly
          requested by the Administrator  to  be  submitted  by  the  owner
          within 10 days of the July 9, 1990 mailing date (not the  receipt
          date as contended by the owner on appeal) of  the  Request.   The
          owner was additionally advised that "Failure to comply  with  the
          above will result in a rent  decrease".   The  Commissioner  thus
          finds that the owner did not comply with the Request in a  timely
          manner and that the Administrator was correct in granting a  rent
          decrease.   Under  the  circumstances,  including   the   owner's
          admission of certain service reductions in its  answer,  and  the
          owner's failure to timely answer the July 9,  1990  request,  the
          owner's contentions on appeal concerning the lack  of  inspection
          are without merit.

              THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the New  York
          State Rent and Eviction Regulations, it is 

              ORDERED, that this petition  be,  and  the  same  hereby  is,
          denied, and the Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 


                                         Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                         Acting     Deputy     Commissioner


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