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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NOS.: CE410034RT

          SHIRLEY BURSTEIN                
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: BL430031OR


          On May 20, 1988 the above named petitioner-tenant filed a Petition 
          for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued on April 19, 1988 concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as Apt. 9N, at 200 East 15 Street, New York, 
          NY wherein the Administrator granted the owner's rent restoration 
          application based. 
          The Commissioner has reviewed all the evidence of record and has 
          carefully considered that portion relevant to the issues raised on 

          The owner filed an application seeking restoration of rent that had 
          been reduced in an order issued on June 19, 1987 under Docket No. 
          AI410075B.  The rent had been reduced based on a finding of rusty 
          water in the building and owner stated in the rent restoration 
          application that the water has been rust-free since November 1, 

          In answer to the application, the tenant stated that the owner 
          continues to deny that there is rusty or dirty water in the 
          building and asserted that the condition was confirmed by a DHCR 
          inspection in January 1987 and has not yet been corrected.
          The building was again inspected on February 8, 1988 by DHCR and 
          the inspector reported that there was no evidence of rusty water in 
          the building and that the hot and cold water both ran clean at the 
          time of inspection.                                                


          Based on this report, the Rent Administrator granted the owner's 
          rent restoration application.                                 

          In the petition for administrative review, the tenant asserts that 
          the rusty water condition has existed for many years and has not 
          been corrected.  The tenant claims that the owner was ordered to 
          replace corroded pipes but has not done so.                        
          In answer to the petition, the owner asserts that the 
          Administrator's order was properly based on an inspection which 
          found no evidence of rusty water and that if there is an occasional 
          problem with the water, it is beyond the owner's control because 
          the water supply is affected by a nearby construction project.
          After careful consideration of the evidence of record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the petition should be

          An owner is entitled to restoration of rent that was ordered 
          reduced by DHCR because of a finding of failure to maintain 
          services once it is established that the required services cited in 
          the rent reduction order have been restored.  The determination as 
          to whether services have been restored is generally made on the 
          basis of a physical inspection of the premises by a DHCR employee.

          In the instant case, a physical inspection by DHCR confirmed that 
          there was no evidence of rusty water and the owner's application 
          was properly granted based on this inspection.  The tenant has not 
          established any basis for modifying or revoking this determination.

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

          ORDERED that these petitions be and the same hereby are denied and 
          the Rent Administrator's order be and the same hereby is affirmed.

                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner

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