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

          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.: 
                    G. K. J. SUBRAJ,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.:
                                   PETITIONER          DG110054OR


          The above-named owner filed a timely Petition for Administrative 
          Review (PAR) of an order issued on March 6, 1990, concerning the 
          housing accommodations known as 88-05 Merrick Boulevard, Apartment 
          1-J, Queens, New York, wherein the Rent Administrator determined 
          the owner's application to restore rent previously reduced under 
          Docket No. BA110304S.

          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 petition.

          The Rent Administrator's order under Docket No. BA110304S reduced 
          the tenants' rent based on findings of continuously leaking hot and 
          cold water faucets, water damaged bathroom ceiling and walls, and 
          peeling paint and plaster, broken hall closet doors and a defective 

          The owner commenced these proceedings by filing a rent restoration 
          application on July 27, 1989, wherein the owner claimed that all 
          repairs had been completed and that the tenants agreed and 
          consented to have the rent restored.  The tenants of the subject 
          apartment signed the rent restoration application to acknowledge 
          their consent.  The owner also submitted a copy of a work order 
          dated July 27, 1989 signed by the tenants.


          This application was processed under Docket No. DG110054OR, which 
          is the subject matter of this appeal.  The tenants were notified of 
          the proceedings on August 25, 1989 but did not respond.

          Thereafter, the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) 
          conducted an inspection of the subject premises.  Based on the 
          results of that inspection which revealed evidence of water damaged 
          bathroom walls and ceiling and a defective closet door, the Rent 
          Administrator denied the owner's rent restoration application.

          In this petition for administrative review, the owner, in sub- 
          stance, argues that the Rent Administrator's determination of the 
          rent restoration application was in error.  In response to the 
          petition, the tenants stated that the conditions had been 

          After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
          that the petition must be granted.

          Policy Statement 89-1 states, in pertinent part, that if "an owner 
          files an application affirming that the required services have been 
          restored [and] the tenant consents to the owner's statements, then 
          the rent is restored.  Otherwise, an inspection is made to deter- 
          mine if the required services have been restored".

          In light of the fact that the tenants consented to the owner's 
          statement below and confirm the owner's statement on appeal, the 
          record does not reveal any facts to account for the variance herein 
          from normal processing.  The rent should have been and hereby is 
          restored effective September 1, 1989, the first day of the month 
          following service of the owner's application on the tenants.

          DHCR records also indicate that the Rent Administrator issued an 
          order, on November 26, 1990, under Docket No. EC110038OR restoring 
          the rent.

          Rent arrears, if any, due the owner from the tenants as a result of 
          this order may be paid by the tenants in monthly installments equal 
          to the rent reduction restored herein.

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


          ORDERED, that this Petition be, and the same hereby is, granted and 
          that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 
          amended to restore the legal regulated rent effective September 1, 
          1989, in accordance with the above.


                                                       LULA M. ANDERSON   
                                                       Deputy Commissioner


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