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


          -----------------------------------X     ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE      DOCKET NO.: DD620168RT
          APPEAL OF

            Sylvia Ledwitz
                                                   RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                  PETITIONER       DOCKET NO.: BE610008OM
          -----------------------------------X

             ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

          The above-named petitioner-tenant timely  filed  a  petition  for
          administrative review against an order issued on March 16, 1989, by 
          the Rent Administrator (92-31 Union Hall Street, Jamaica, New York) 
          concerning  the  housing  accommodations  known  as  3235   Grand
          Concourse, Bronx, New York, apartment 5D, wherein the Administrator 
          granted major capital improvement (MCI) rent  increases  for  the
          controlled and stabilized apartments in the subject premises based 
          on the installation of a boiler, burner and apartment windows. The 
          Administrator disallowed a portion of the claimed  cost  for  the
          window installation due to the owner's  failure  to  substantiate
          $2,550.00. The owner deleted the claimed costs for  the  concrete
          work, interior court, basement walk, sidewalk  (street),  laundry
          room renovation, return pipe, elevator upgrading and waterproofing 
          (here not at issue).

          On appeal, the petitioner-tenant state, in substance, that her new 
          rent is not accurate and that she is not sure what amount to  pay
          the owner.

          After a careful consideration of the entire evidence of record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that  this  administrative  appeal
          should be denied.

          It is the established position of  the  Division  that  the  work
          performed meets the definitional requirements of an MCI for which 
          a rent increase may be warranted. The record shows that the owner 
          submitted copies of the contracts, invoices, government approvals 
          and cancelled checks which indicates  that  the  owner  correctly
          complied with the applicable procedures for an MCI rent increase, 
          and that the increase was properly computed based on  the  proven
          cost of the installations. On the other hand, the tenant has  not
          submitted any evidence to  prove  that  the  increase  should  be
          revoked.

          ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW DOCKET NO.: DD620168RT













          The collection of the rent increase, as to  the  rent  controlled
          tenant, is limited to 15% of the rent charged on April 1, 1989, the 
          effective date, with any overage collectible in succeeding years. 
          The determination herein is without prejudice to the right of the 
          tenant to file an appropriate complaint of rent overcharge  or  a
          request for registration information (RA-1) with the Division, if 
          the facts so warrant.

          The Commissioner is not unmindful of the possibility that the rent 
          increase may prove  burdensome  to  some  tenants.  However,  the
          Commissioner is  constrained  by  the  applicable  statutory  and
          regulatory provisions to grant such increases as are warranted.

          A tenant who has a valid Senior Citizen Rent  Increase  Exemption
          Order (SCRIE) is exempted from that portion of the increase which 
          would cause the rent to exceed one-third of the tenant's household 
          monthly disposable income. A tenant who may be entitled  to  this
          benefit may contact the New York City Department of the Aging  by
          calling (212) 240-7000.

          On the basis of the entire evidence of record, it is found that the 
          Administrator's order is correct and should be affirmed.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Rent 
          Stabilization Law and Code, the Rent and Eviction Regulations for 
          the City of New York, and Operational Bulletin 84-1 it is

          ORDERED, that this administrative appeal be, and the same  hereby
          is, denied; and that the Administrator's order be, and  the  same
          hereby is, affirmed.


          ISSUED:






                                             -------------------------------
                                              Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                              Deputy Commissioner
    

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