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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:             
                     ARLENE BALTER, 
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
          ----------------------------------x     BI110039OR


          On or about April 26, 1988, the above-named petitioner-tenant filed 
          a petition for administrative review (PAR) of an order issued on 
          April 13, 1988, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 260-44 75th Avenue, Apartment 48H4-2, 
          Glen Oaks, New York, wherein the Rent Administrator determined that 
          the conditions for which an order reducing the rent was issued, 
          have been corrected and granted a rent restoration. 

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

          The proceeding was commenced by the filing of an application to 
          restore rent dated August 28, 1987.  The tenant filed an answer to 
          the application stating that apartment painting was not completed 
          until August 17, 1987 and that any rent restoration should not be 
          given retroactive effect prior to September 1, 1987.  The tenant's 
          answer was silent concerning the owner's assertion that services 
          had been restored.

          Thereafter, on January 19, 1988, the Division of Housing and 
          Community Renewal (DHCR) conducted an inspection.  The inspector 
          reported water seepage around the bedroom windows (2 rooms) and a 
          stained bathtub.  The inspection also revealed that the apartment 
          had been plastered and painted and other conditions in the order 
          reducing the rent had been corrected.


          The Rent Administrator granted the owner's rent restoration appli- 
          cation and directed the owner to make the remaining repairs as 
          noted by the inspection.

          In the petition for administrative review the tenant contends that 
          the owner's rent restoration application should have been denied on 
          the basis that, as long as the order directed repairs to be made, 
          there had not been a complete restoration of services.

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

          In prior compliance proceedings, the tenant advised by phone that 
          all repairs had been made and services restored and a letter was 
          sent by a DHCR staff member, confirming the telephone conversation 
          with the tenant.  Based on this acknowledgement, the owner was 
          advised by this agency to file for rent restoration.  The tenant 
          answered the owner's application but did not raise any question 
          regarding the restoration of services but merely the effective date 
          of such restoration.

          Under these circumstances, the Administrator found that the condi- 
          tions remaining did not warrant a continued rent reduction.

          In light of the entire record, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
          that the Administrator correctly granted the owner's application.

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

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


                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Deputy Commissioner


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