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

          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.:

                                               :       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       ORDER NO.:

                                               :       PREMISES:
                                                       130 West 228th St.
          CHAMP 228 CO.                                Apartment:  #2C
                                                       Bronx, New York  
                                   PETITIONER  :


               The above-named owner filed a timely Petition for 
          Administrative Review of an order issued on August 28, 1991, 
          concerning the housing accommodations relating to the above- 
          described docket number.

               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 owner commenced this proceeding on January 29, 1991 by 
          filing an application to restore rent based on the restoration of 
          services for which a rent reduction order was issued on July 3, 
          1989.  The owner submitted copies of a paid bill and a canceled 
          check indicating that the kitchen, the bathroom, the living room, 
          the ceiling and foyer entry had been completely painted; and that 
          the tiles and the bathroom floors had been refinished and grouted.  
          The owner also submitted a copy of a letter from the Compliance 
          Bureau stating that the tenant had advised that the owner had 
          complied with the directive to restore services.

               In an answer filed on March 6, 1991, the tenant stated that 
          the owner painted the ceiling in the living room "but evidently did 
          not get to the source of the problem as the ceiling is stained and 
          cracked again."  

               Thereafter, a physical inspection of the subject apartment was 
          conducted on June 5, 1991 by a DHCR staff member who reported inter 
          alia that the bathroom ceiling was refinished and painted while the 
          living room ceiling is water-stained and peeling paint and plaster.

          PAR Docket No.: FJ620027RO

               On June 26, 1991, DHCR mailed to the owner a letter concerning 
          the results of the inspection and requesting additional evidence.  
          The Administrator's file does not contain an owner's response to 
          this letter.

               The Administrator granted in part the owner's application by 
          restoring the maximum rent in the amount of $5.00 per month based 
          on the June 5, 1991 inspection and the owner's failure to respond 
          to the June 26, 1991 request for additional evidence.

               In this petition, the owner contends that on August 21, 1991, 
          the living room ceiling has been repaired; and that the Division 
          received from the owner prior to the issuance of the 
          Administrator's order copies of the contractor's invoice for the 
          work done as well as the tenant's letter confirming that no more 
          violations exist.  The owner submitted a copy of an invoice dated 
          August 20, 1991 indicating repairs on the bathroom floors and tiles 
          and the living room paid on August 23, 1991.  The owner also 
          submitted a copy of a tenant's signed certification dated August 
          20, 1991 that the contractor "has repaired my bathroom floor and my 
          living room wall to my full satisfaction, and no more violations 

               The tenant did not respond to the petition.

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

               The owner's petition has sufficiently proved that the Division 
          received the owner's answer prior to issuance of the 
          Administrator's order.  The copy of the owner's answer appears to 
          be stamped received by the Division or filed on 
          August 21, 1991.  For unknown reasons, this evidence of repairs and 
          certification by the tenant are not in the Administrator's file.  
          Accordingly, the owner has restored all services after the June 5, 
          1991 inspection and before the issuance of the Administrator's 

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and Eviction Regulations it 

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is granted, and 
          that the Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is modified 
          to grant the owner's application in full and the maximum legal rent 
          is hereby restored in the amount of of $10.00 per month effective 
          September 1, 1991, plus all lawful increases granted subsequent to 
          the order reducing rent.


                                               Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                               Deputy Commissioner

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