DOCKET NO.:  EI 810055-RO
                          STATE OF NEW YORK
                          OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                   GERTZ PLAZA
                             92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                             JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

    APPEAL OF                                 DOCKET NO. EI 810055-RT
                                          :   DISTRICT RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
               ROLANDA GLOVER,                DOCKET NO. YEC 910019-S
                           PETITIONER     :   PREMISES:  26 RANDOLPH STREET
    --------------------------------------X              APT. 4G
                                                         YONKERS, NY


    The above-named tenant 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, 
    including peeling paint and plaster.

    In its answer, the owner stated that it had begun to paint the premises, but 
    was forced to stop after tenant denied access to the painter.  The owner 
    stated that it was otherwise willing and able to resume painting as soon as 
    tenant allowed access.  A DHCR inspection had revealed evidence of peeling 
    paint and plaster in the subject premises.

    The Administrator notified the tenant of the owner's answer, and requested 
    the tenant to state whether or not the owner had resumed work.  The tenant 
    was advised that failure to thus notify the Administrator "will result in a 
    determination based solely on the record."  The tenant did not answer this 
    request.  On the basis of the tenant's failure to respond the Administrator 
    issued an Order denying tenant's complaint of reduction in service.

    In her appeal, the tenant states that she never answered the Administrator's 
    request because she never received it.

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

    An examination of the record reveals that the Administrator's request was 
    properly addressed to the tenant.

    The Commissioner further notes that, in her petition, the tenant concedes 
    that painting had been done and that she requests a rent abatement due to 
    the two years she and her family were forced to live in substandard 
    conditions caused by owner's failure to make repairs.  The Commissioner 

          DOCKET NO.:  EI 810055-RO

    notes here that the Division of Housing and Community Renewal cannot grant 
    rent reductions for reductions in service prior to the filing of a 

    THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Tenant Protection 
    Regulations, it is 

    ORDERED, that this petition for administrative review be, and the same 
    hereby is denied, and that the order of the Rent Administrator be and the 
    same hereby is, affirmed.


                                                    JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Acting Deputy Commissioner

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