2011-1930 N C. SAUL PATRICIO BARRERA, res v. PETER HANSEN, ap — Appeal from an order of the District Court of Nassau County, Second District (Eugene H. Shifrin, Ct. Atty. Ref.), dated May 25, 2011. The order denied defendant's motion to vacate a default judgment.

ORDERED that the order is reversed, without costs, and defendant's motion to vacate the default judgment is granted.

In this small claims action to recover the unpaid balance of landscaping services rendered to defendant, we find that the District Court improvidently exercised its discretion in denying defendant's motion to vacate a default judgment that had been entered against him since he demonstrated that he had both a reasonable excuse for his default in appearing and a meritorious defense (CPLR 5015 [a][1]; see Eugene Di Lorenzo, Inc v. A.C. Dutton Lbr. Co., 67 NY2d 138, 141 [1986]).

Accordingly, the order is reversed and defendant's motion to vacate the default judgment is granted.

Iannacci, J.P., Molia and LaCava, JJ., concur.