FB 410405-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.:
                                        FB 410405-RT
       ELLEN W. KAPLAN,
                                        DRO DOCKET NO.:
                        PETITIONER      DE 430032-OM
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  ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
                                
                                
On  February 27, 1991, the above named petitioner-tenant filed  a
Petition  for Administrative Review against an order of the  Rent
Administrator  issued  February 12, 1991.   The  order  concerned
housing accommodations known as Apartment 5-G located at 141 East
89th  Street,  New York, New York.  The Administrator  granted  a
rent   increase  based  on  the  installation  of  major  capital
improvements (MCI).

The Commissioner has reviewed the record and carefully considered
that  portion of the record relevant to the issues raised by this
appeal.

The  owner commenced this proceeding on May 5, 1989 by filing  an
application  for  rent increase based on the  installation  of  a
major  capital  improvement, to wit - a new  burner/boiler  at  a
total cost of $76,900.00.  The tenants were served with a copy of
the  application  and  were provided an  opportunity  to  respond
thereto.

Various  tenants  responded, objecting to the increase,  alleging
inadequate  heat and hot water.  Subsequent inquiries  mailed  to
the  complaining  tenants brought no responses. On  February  12,
1991 the Administrator issued the order appealed from.

On appeal the tenant argues that her apartment, though registered
for  three  rooms, contains only two.  She therefore states  that
her  rent  increase should be for only two rooms.  The owner  did
not file a response.


After   careful  review  of  the  evidence  in  the  record   the
Commissioner  is  of  the  opinion that the  petition  should  be
denied.

The  Commissioner notes that the 1984 registration for  the  sub-
ject  apartment  indicated that it has three rooms.   The  tenant
filed  a  timely  challenge to that registration.   The  Adminis-
trator  determined  that the room count was correct  pursuant  to
DHCR  regulations (Docket No. 21049).  The tenant filed no  peti-
tion for Administrative Review of this order.  The issue has been
settled  and petitioner is barred from raising the issue in  this
proceeding.


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

ORDERED,  that this petition be, and the same hereby  is,  denied
and  the  Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby  is,
affirmed.


ISSUED:




ELLIOT SANDER
                                         Deputy Commissioner
    

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