DC 210325-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
          APPEALS OF                              DOCKET NOS.:   
                                                  DC 210325-RT;
                    GILDA KENNEDY                 DD 210396-RT
                    SHEILA VERGARA,    
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                  PETITIONERS     CG 230118-OR
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                  ORDER AND OPINION DENYING TENANTS' PETITIONS FOR
                               ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW           


          The above-named petitioner-tenants filed petitions for administra- 
          tive review of an order issued on March 17, 1989, by the Rent 
          Administrator, concerning the housing accommodation known as 
          50 Lincoln Road, Brooklyn, New York, wherein the Administrator 
          determined the owner's application to restore rents previously 
          reduced by the order issued September 16, 1987 per Docket No. 
          AJ 230123-B.  

          The challenged order granted the owner's application to restore 
          rents based on the results of an inspection held on January 24, 
          1989 that confirmed the owner's claim that the intercom system had 
          been repaired and that the system was operating properly.

          A previous order under Docket No. BJ 230191-OR had determined that 
          the owner had corrected the roach and rodent infestation problem 
          noted in the rent reduction order.

          On appeal the tenants claim that the intercom system is still not 
          working properly.  They also complain of other problems, citing 
          exposed wires and infestation.

          The Administrator based the determination to restore rents on  
          observations in the report filed by the Division's inspector.  As 
          a rent agency employee, the inspector was not a party to the pro- 
          ceedings and not an adversary to either the owner or the tenants.  
          His impartial observations were properly placed in the record for 
          the Administrator's consideration and were entitled to and afforded 
          great weight.














          Concerning the tenants' claim of roach and rodent infestation, the 
          Deputy Commissioner notes that the tenants failed to file adminis- 
          trative appeals against the Administrator's prior determination per 
          Docket No. BJ 230191-OR wherein the Administrator found no evidence 
          of roach and rodent infestation.  That determination became final 
          and is not subject to further appeals.

          The tenants' complaint of loose wires was not a factor in the 
          underlying rent reduction order, and consequently not relevant to 
          these proceedings.  Moreover, an Administrative appeal is not the 
          proper vehicle to raise or reassert complaints.

          Consequently, there is no warrant to reconsider the Administrator's 
          determination.


          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law and Code, 
          it is

          ORDERED, that the tenants' petitions be, and the same hereby are, 
          denied and the Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 
          affirmed.


          ISSUED:




                                                                           
                                                JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                Acting Deputy Commissioner

    

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