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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, NY 11433





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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE          ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.: 
                                                       EE210071RT
                                                       EE210170RO

          Evelyn Weisberg, Petitioner-tenant
                    and
          Seashore Management Co., Petitioner-owner,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.:
                                                                                                    DF210106OR

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          ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING TENANT'S PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE 
          REVIEW AND DENYING OWNER'S PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          The above-named owner and tenant filed timely petitions for 
          administrative review of an order issued on April 20, 1990 
          concerning the housing accommodations known as 1177 East 98th 
          Street, Apartment 5J, Brooklyn, wherein the Rent Administrator 
          determined the owner's application to restore rent previously 
          reduced per Docket No. AK210475S.

          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 owner commenced these proceedings by filing a rent restoration 
          application stating that the tenant had unreasonably refused to 
          permit the owner to restore the services, the lack of which had 
          provided the basis for the underlying rent reduction order 
          (AK210475S).

          In an answer, the tenant disputed the owner's claim that she had 
          not granted access to the apartment, asserting that access had been 
          provided to the owner's staff on two occasions, to permit the 
          owner's staff to take measurements.


          Thereafter, a "no-access" inspection was conducted on April 20, 
          1990, at which time the venetian blinds service was restored.












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          The Rent Administrator granted the owner's application, and 
          restored the tenant's rent effective February 1, 1990.

          The owner's petition argues that the rent should have been 
          retroactive to July 1, 1989, alleging that any delay in restoring 
          the service was due to the tenant's alleged refusal to provide the 
          owner access.

          The tenant's petition questions why the rent restoration date 
          precedes the service restoration date, and requests that the rent 
          restoration date be amended to conform to the restoration of 
          service.

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
          that the tenant's petition should be granted and that the owner's 
          petition should be denied.

          The Commissioner notes that the owner deprived the tenant of the 
          required service from the time the tenant took occupancy in 1980 
          and disputed the tenant's entitlement to venetian blinds in the 
          underlying services complaint proceedings initiated by the tenant 
          to compel the owner to provide the service.  Additionally, the 
          owner's statements below and on appeal, that any delay in restoring 
          the service was due to the tenant's continued refusal to provide 
          access, was not supported by any independent evidence.

          Since the conditions that gave rise to the rent reduction were not 
          corrected until April 20, 1990, the effective date of the rent 
          restoration is amended to May 1, 1990, the first day of the month 
          following the date service was restored.

          Any excess rent paid by the tenant shall be credited to the tenant 
          in full commencing with the rental payment immediately following 
          the issuance of this order.













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

          ORDERED, that the tenant's petition be, and the same hereby is, 






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          granted, and that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same 
          hereby is, modified to amend the effective date of rent restoration 
          to May 1, 1990.  It is further

          ORDERED, that the owner's petition be and the same hereby is 
          denied. 



          ISSUED:






                                                                     
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner  






    

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