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.:EH610324RO     
                                              
Riverdale Estates,                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                         DOCKET NO.:DC620102S      
                                             
                                         SUBJECT PREMISES:
                                         3240 Henry Hudson Parkway
                                         Apt. 20
                                         Bronx, NY     
                      PETITIONER     
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

            The above-named owner filed a timely petition for administrative 
            review of an order issued on July 31, 1990 by the Rent Administrator 
            reducing the rent and directing restoration of services based on a 
            finding of failure to maintain services.

            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 on March 3, 1989 by filing a 
            complaint asserting that her window blinds were missing and the 
            owner failed to replace them. The tenant submitted a copy of an 
            apartment registration dated March 12, 1984, wherein it is stated 
            that blinds/shades are provided services.

            The Commissioner notes that the tenant failed to check the box in 
            the complaint indicating a request for rent reduction.

            In answer, the owner asserted in substance that its refusal to 
            provide new blinds/shades to the tenant is not a decreased service.

            On April 20, 1990, an inspection of the subject apartment was 
            conducted by a DHCR staff member who confirmed that the kitchen 
            venetian blind was missing and that two (2) bedroom blinds were 
            broken.

            By an order dated July 31, 1990, the Administrator directed the 
            restoration of services and ordered a rent reduction.

            EH610324RO

            In this petition, the owner contends in substance that it was not 
            informed of the missing blinds and that there should be no rent 
            reduction when the tenant failed to request one.







            DHCR mailed a copy of the petition to the tenant.

            After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion that 
            the petition should be denied.

            Pursuant to Section 2202.16 of the Rent and Eviction Regulations, 
            the Administrator may impose a rent reduction when there has been a 
            reduction in services. The owner's petition does not establish any 
            basis to modify or revoke the Administrator's determination based on 
            the April 20, 1990 inspection which confirmed the tenant's 
            complaint. The owner had sufficient notice from the complaint of the  
            allegations and fails to rebut the evidence that these services 
            should be provided.

            Although the record reveals that the tenant failed to request a rent 
            reduction in the original complaint, this apartment is subject to 
            rent control and the tenant does not have to request a rent 
            reduction. The Rent and Eviction Regulations gives the Rent 
            Administrator the authority to grant a rent control tenant a rent 
            reduction regardless whether or not one is requested.

            The owner is directed to restore the services set forth in the 
            Administrator's order.

            THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and Eviction Regulations and 
            Operational Bulletin 84-1, it is

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



            ISSUED:




                                                                          
                                                  JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                  Deputy Commissioner


    

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