Docket No. BD410044RT
                                    STATE OF NEW YORK
                      DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433


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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE     ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: BD410044RT 
            

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
          Batya Lewton as Tenants'                ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
          Representative c/o Karlsson &           NO.: 7MBC00037(7M08259)
          Ng, P.C.
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


              The above-named tenants by their representative filed a timely 
          petition for administrative review of an order issued concerning 
          the housing accommodations known as 315 West 86th Street, various 
          apartments, New York, New York.

              The Commissioner has reviewed all the evidence in the record 
          and has carefully considered that portion of the record relevnat to 
          the issues raised by the petition.

              The issue on appeal is whether the Administrator's order 
          grnating the owner eligibility to increase Maximum Base Rents (MBR) 
          is correct.

              On appeal, the tenants allege that "The (owner) did not 
          maintain a central services (sic) as evidenced by the fact that 88% 
          of the rent controlled tenants... in the subject premises were on 
          a rent strike... through July 29, 1987."  The tenants then go on to 
          maintain that this rent strike was ended when the owner stipulated 
          at court that services had not been maintained for the length of 
          the strike.  The tenants then go on to give the partial citation of 
          a court decision they maintain demands that the Administrator's 
          order be revoked.

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

              The fact that there was a rent strike at the subject premises 
          at the same time the owner of those premises was being granted 
          eligibility to increase MBRs by the Administrator has no bearing on 
          the correctness of the Administrator's action.  More importantly 












          Docket No. BD410044RT

          the tenants have not submitted any documentation in support of 
          their allegation that the owner had stipulated in court to the 
          existence of violations at the subject premises.
            
              THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent and 
          Eviction Regulations, it is

              ORDERED, that this petition for administrative reivew be, and 
          the same hereby is, denied, and, that the order of the Rent 
          Administrator be and the same hereby is, affirmed.

          ISSUED:



                                                                            
                                             Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                             Deputy Commissioner
    

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