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

          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO.:              
                                                 BL 210356 RO
                                                 RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S    
                                                 DOCKET NO.:                 
                                                 BD 210051-OR
             MARY HONCHARAK,                     PREMISES: 154 Dupont St.,
                                                 #1L, Brooklyn, N. Y.
                              PETITIONER      : 


               The above-named petitioner-owner, timely refiled a petition 
          for administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing 
          accommodation relating to the above described docket number.

               The issue in this appeal is whether the Rent Administrator's 
          order was warranted.

               The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in the 
          record and has carefully considered that portion of the record 
          relevant to the issues raised by the petition.  

               The tenant obtained a rent reduction under Docket No. KS 
          002539-S issued February 17, 1987, based upon an inspectorial 
          finding of rodent and vermin infestation in the apartment. 

               On April 14, 1987, the owner filed an application for a 
          restoration of rent, based upon a restoration of services.  In the 
          application, the owner asserted, in pertinent part, that the tenant 
          was issued pesticides on January 9, 1986 in response to her 
          complaint of November 1985.   

               On May 4, 1987, the tenant interposed an answer to the owner's 
          application stating that an exterminator came to the subject 
          apartment only once, and that there was still some vermin 

          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: BL 210356 RO

               On August 11, 1987, an inspection of the premises was 
          conducted by a Division inspector.  The inspector stated in his 
          report that there was evidence of vermin infestation in the kitchen 

          and bathroom. 

               On November 6, 1987, the Rent Administrator issued an order, 
          denying the owner's application and terminating the proceeding on 
          the grounds that the inspection of the premises on August 11, 1987, 
          disclosed that the complained-of vermin infestation had not been 

               In her petition for administrative review, the owner contends 
          that on October 14, 1987, the tenant did not allow the apartment to 
          be serviced by the owner's pest control service, even though the 
          tenant was notified in advance of the service date.  In addition, 
          the owner submitted a statement from his painting contractor, which 
          in pertinent part asserted that the apartment was dirty and 

               In answer to the petition, the tenant stated that the 
          exterminator does not come at the scheduled times. 

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

               The owner has not established that the condition for which the 
          rent was reduced has been corrected.  In the application to 
          restore, the owner did not submit any evidence to show that the 
          infestation problem was corrected subsequent to the issuance of the 
          rent reduction order.  In the petition, the owner has also not 
          established that regular exterminator services are provided or that 
          the tenant has refused access to the owner or the exterminator to 
          correct the infestation problem.  The statement from the Pest 
          Control service submitted with the petition refers to one visit on 
          one day and does not prove that the owner has taken adequate steps 
          to remedy the infestation problem.

               The owner is advised to file another application for  
          restoration of rent with evidence that exterminator services are 
          provided or that the tenant refuses access.

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

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

          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: BL 210356 RO



                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Acting Deputy Commissioner



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