Docket No. BK 210186-RT
                                              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.: BK 210186-RT 

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
          Iceal Williamson                        NO.: ZBD 220046-OI
                                                  Premises: 526 Lafayette 
                                   PETITIONER               Ave., Apt. 18,
          ------------------------------------X             Brooklyn, NY


            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


              The above-named tenant filed a timely petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing 
          accommodations described above.

              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 by filing an application 
          for a rent increase in the subject premises said increase based on 
          owner's contention that adults not immediately related to the 
          tenant had moved into the subject premises.

              In her answer, the tenant stated that she lived in the 
          apartment with her sister, her sister's husband, and her sister's 
          daughter.  

              The rent administrator issued an order increasing the tenant's 
          rent.

              In her petition the tenant reiterates the arguments she made 
          below.  

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

              An examination of the record below reveals finds that the rent 
          for the subject premises was $166.97 per month at the time the 
          owner submitted the application for rent increase.  Further 
          examination reveals that the Administrator found that, contrary to 
          the owner's initial claim of 4 unrelated adults living with the 












          Docket No. BK 210186-RT

          tenant, there was only one.  The Administrator increased the rent 
          by $16.70 (10% of $166.97) per month, such 10% rent increase being 
          consistent with guidelines set forth in the Rent and Eviction 
          Regulations.   A brother-in-law is not included in the definition 
          of "immediate family member" in the Rent and Eviction Regulations.

              THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent and 
          Eviction Regulations, it is

              ORDERED, that this petition for administrative review 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
                                             Acting Deputy Commissioner

              
    

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