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

          APPEAL OF                                    DOCKET NO.: EJ110277RO

               134-37 Maple Realty Inc.,
                                                       RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                       DOCKET NO.: DK110147OR

                                 AND RESTORING RENT

          The above-named petitioner-owner filed a timely petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing 
          accommodation known as 134-37 Maple Avenue, Apt.# 1B, Flushing, 
          New York. 

          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 the proceeding in December, 1989 by filing an 
          Application for Rent Restoration wherein it alleged that it had 
          restored services for which a rent reduction order bearing Docket 
          No. CA110690S had been issued wherein the owner was directed to 
          correct the problems of the bathroom ceiling and walls which are 
          blistering, peeling paint and plaster due to water seepage, control 
          the vermin infestation in apartment, and repair the livingroom 
          window which is broken off the track.  The application contained a 
          statement of consent signed by the tenant on November 10, 1989 
          wherein the tenant confirmed that all conditions had been corrected 
          except that extermination services had not been provided.  The 
          tenant was served with a copy of the application on January 6, 1990 
          and was afforded an opportunity to respond.  The tenant stated that 
          the owner was entitled to a rent increase only to the restoration 

          Thereafter an inspection of the subject apartment was conducted by 
          a DHCR inspector on July 9, 1990, who reported that:


          1.   The bathroom ceiling is water stained and is in danger of 
          falling due to water seepage.
          2.   There was no evidence of vermin infestation.
          3.   The living room window was adequately repaired. 

          The Rent Administrator denied the owner's rent restoration 

          In its petition for administrative review, the owner states, in 
          substance, that the bathroom ceiling was repaired and attached a 
          copy of the tenant's statement of consent signed November 10, 1989 
          revealing that the repairs were made and therefore relief should be 
          granted.  The owner adds that if there are water stains again, the 
          leak may have reoccurred. 

          The DHCR served a copy of the petition on the tenant on November 9, 

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

          The tenant's statement of consent is consistent with the owner's 
          contention on appeal that the bathroom ceiling was indeed repaired 
          to the tenant's satisfaction.  At the time the tenant signed the 
          owner's application, the only matter in dispute was exterminating 
          service.  The physical inspection by DHCR on July 9, 1990 found no 
          evidence of vermin infestation, establishing that this one 
          remaining service was being provided.  The owner was not on notice 
          that the leak may have reoccurred and that additional repairs were 
          required to the bathroom ceiling.  Without such notice to the 
          owner, denial of the rent restoration is not warranted.
          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code 
          and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974, it is

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, granted, 
          that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 
          revoked, and the rent be and the same hereby is restored to the 
          level in effect prior to the rent reduction, plus all lawful 
          subsequent increases, effective February 1, 1990.  Any rent arrears 
          due by the tenant as a result of this order may be paid to the 
          owner in twelve monthly installments.  

                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner  

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