DOC. NO.: EK 210242-RO
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO. EK 210242-RO
                                                  DRO DOCKET NO.
               M & R MANAGEMENT CO. INC.,                    EC 210135-OR
               c/o ROSENBERG & ESTIS, P.C.    :
                                  PETITIONER  :    


          On November 28, 1990 the above-named petitioner-owner filed an 
          Administrative Appeal against an order issued on October 29, 1990 
          by the District Rent Administrator, Gertz Plaza, concerning the 
          housing accommodations known as 2365 East 13th Street, Brooklyn, 
          New York apt. 5-H wherein the Administrator determined that 
          services had not been restored.

          The instant matter stems from an application filed with the Rent 
          Administrator on March 30, 1990 wherein the owner alleged the 
          restoration of those services (defective windows and mice 
          infestation) for which the rent had previously been reduced, 
          effective January 1, 1987, pursuant to Docket No. AK 210463-S.  
          Submitted therewith was a letter from the Compliance Section dated 
          November 16, 1989 to the effect that the tenant had advised (in a 
          phone conversation) that the owner complied with all directives 
          issued under Docket No. AK 210463-S.  The owner was advised that it 
          may file an application for rent restoration.

          The tenant interposed an answer stating, in effect, that the 
          problem of rodent infestation was getting worse.

          On October 29, 1990 the Administrator issued the order appealed 
          herein denying the owner's rent restoration application.  Said 
          order was based on the report of a physical inspection conducted on 
          October 2, 1990 which disclosed evidence of mice droppings in the 
          subject apartment. 

          In this petition for administrative review the owner contends, in 
          substance, that exterminator service is provided on a monthly 
          basis; that the tenant had previously acknowledged that 
          exterminator service had been restored as evidenced by the letter 
          from the Compliance Section and that if infestation reoccurred the 
          proper remedy was for the tenant to file a new application for a 
          rent reduction.

          After a careful consideration of the entire record, the 

          DOC. NO.: EK 210242-RO

          Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition should be denied.

          A letter from the Compliance Section advising an owner of the right 
          to make application to the Division for a restoration of rent does 
          not constitute a finding that services have been restored nor is 
          the Administrator bound thereby.  The obligation of the owner to 
          provide adequate exterminator service is a continuing one.  In this 
          regard the Commissioner notes that the owner failed to submit in 
          the proceeding below sufficient evidence that adequate 
          extermination services was provided to the subject premises on a 
          regular basis.  The findings by the DHCR's inspectorial staff of 
          mice infestation outweights the owner's claim that services have 
          been restored, warranting the denial order issued by the 

          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 order of the District Rent Administrator be, and the same 
          hereby is affirmed.


                                             ELLIOT SANDER
                                             Deputy Commissioner

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