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

          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.: CH210127RO

                    Westwood Leasing Corp.,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.: CA210143OR


          On August 18, 1988, the above-named petitioner-owner filed a 
          petition for administrative review of an order issued on August 1, 
          1988, by the Rent Administrator, concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 2611 East 13th Street, Brooklyn, N.Y., Apt. 
          5-J, wherein the Administrator determined that the owner should be 
          granted restoration of the rent effective April 1, 1988, based on 
          a finding that certain services had been restored.

          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 administrative appeal.

          The issue herein is whether the Rent Administrator properly 
          restored the rent of the subject apartment, effective April 1, 

          The owner commenced this proceeding by filing an Application for 
          Rent Restoration on January 4, 1988, stating that services for 
          which a rent reduction order had been issued by the Administrator 
          on August 21, 1987, under Docket No. BA210078S had been restored.

          A DHCR inspection conducted on June 2, 1988, revealed that all 
          repairs which were the subject of the reduction order had been 
          restored except for the plaster on the bedroom wall, which the 
          owner was directed to repair.

          The tenant filed an answer to the application alleging that the 
          owner completed the repairs in an unworkmanlike manner.
          On appeal, the petitioner-owner asserted, in pertinent part, that 
          the Rent Administrator erred by granting the rent restoration 


          application, effective April 1, 1988, rather than February 1, 1988.

          The petition was served on the tenant on October 4, 1988 and on 
          October 20, 1988, the tenant filed an answer to the petition 
          stating that the repairs actually made were done in an 
          unworkmanlike manner and amounted to nothing more than a cosmetic 

          After a careful consideration of the entire evidence of record the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that the administrative appeal 
          should be denied.

          With regard to the issue of the effective date of rent restoration 
          ordered by the Administrator, the Commissioner notes that it is the 
          policy of the DHCR to order rent restoration for rent stabilized 
          tenants effective the first rent payment date following service of 
          the application on the tenants.

          A review of the record shows clearly that the application for rent 
          restoration was filed with the DHCR, on January 8, 1988, and was 
          served on the tenant on March 4, 1988.

          The Commissioner finds, therefore, that the Rent Administrator's 
          determination that the rent should be restored, effective April 1, 
          1988, was correct and proper.

          Accordingly, the order here under review is affirmed.

          THEREFORE, pursuant to 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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