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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: DE430145RO
          ABRAHAM CHINITZ                         RENT
          c/o Kucker Kraus & Bruh, Esqs.          ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: CI430027OR


          On May 24, 1989 the above named petitioner-owner filed a Petition 
          for Administrative Review against an order of the Rent 
          Administrator issued on April 17, 1989 concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as various apartments at 502 East 89th St., 
          New York, NY wherein the Administrator granted the owner's rent 
          restoration application and restored the rents, effective November 
          1, 1888. 

          The Commissioner has carefully reviewed all the evidence of record 
          and has carefully considered that portion relevant to the issues 
          raised on appeal.

          The owner filed an application on September 19, 1988  seeking 
          restoration of rent that had been reduced in an order issued on 
          July 9, 1986 under Docket No. LCS000342B.  The rent reduction was 
          ordered based on a finding that the owner had failed to provide the 
          following services:  laundry room in need of cleaning, 
          exterminating service, cleaning of public areas, and painting of 
          public halls.  The owner alleged in the restoration application 
          that all these services had been restored.

          The application was served on the tenants on October 25, 1988.

          A physical inspection of the building by DHCR on February 28, 1989 
          revealed that all services had been restored.
          Based on the inspector's report, the owner's application was 

          In the petition for administrative review, the owner, through 
          counsel, asserts that the Administrator's order indicates that an 
          inspection took place on February 28, 1988 and if that is true, the 


          restoration of rents should be effective March 1, 1988 rather than 
          November 1, 1988.
          The petition was served on the tenants on September 5, 1989.

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

          An owner is entitled to restoration of rents that were ordered 
          reduced by DHCR because of a finding of failure to maintain 
          services once it is established that all 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.
          If the inspection confirms that services have been restored, the 
          owner's application is granted and the restoration is effective for 
          rent stabilized tenants the first of the month following services 
          of the application on the tenants.

          In the instant case, the Rent Administrator's order erroneously 
          states that the inspection took place on February 28, 1988 when it 
          actually took place in 1989.  However, the rents were properly 
          restored November 1, 1988 which was the first of the month 
          following service of the application on the tenants.
          THEREFORE in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, 
          it is 

          ORDERED that this petition be and the same hereby is denied and the 
          Rent Administrator's order be and the same hereby is affirmed, as 
          modified to indicate the correct date of inspection.

                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner

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