Docket Number: FA 610054-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.: FA 610054-RT  
                                              
           NEYSA M. DEPAGNIER,                 DRO DOCKET NO.: DC 610182-OM 
                                                
                              PETITIONER       Premises: 3121 Middletown Road
        ------------------------------------X            Bronx, New York  
           
          
           ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

        The above-named tenant timely refiled a petition for  administrative
        review of an order  issued  concerning  the  housing  accommodations
        relating to the above described docket number.        

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

        The owner commenced the proceeding below by  filing  an  application
        for a rent increase based on various major capital improvements,  to
        wit- windows, parapet walls.
         
        Each tenant was served with a copy of the  owner's  application  and
        was afforded an opportunity to  review  it  and  comment  thereupon.
                                                                        
        The petitioner-tenant did not  file  an  objection  to  the  owner's
        application although afforded the opportunity to do so.

        Thereafter, the Rent  Administrator  issued  the  order  here  under
        review finding that the installation qualified as  a  major  capital
        improvement, determining that  the  application  complied  with  the
        relevant laws and regulations based upon  the  supporting  documenta
        tion submitted by  the  owner,  and  allowing  appropriate  rent  in
        creases.  The Rent Administrator disallowed any rent increase  based
        upon the installation of parapet walls.

        In her petition  for  administrative  review,  the  tenant  requests
        reversal of the Rent Administrator's  order  and  alleges  that  the
        windows are  defective,  that  there  is  air  seepage  through  the
        windows, front door, air conditioner sleeves, that there is  peeling
        paint and plaster, all of which is a health violation.

        The owner interposed an  answer  to  the  tenant's  petition,  which
        stated that there is not air seepage.

        After careful consideration the Commissioner is of the opinion  that
        this petition should be denied.

        Rent increases for major  capital  improvements  are  authorized  by
        Section 2202.4  of  the  Rent  and  Eviction  Regulations  for  rent
        controlled apartments and Section 2522.4 of the  Rent  Stabilization






          Docket Number: FA 610054-RT

        law for rent stabilized apartments.  Under rent control, an increase 
        is warranted where there has been since July 1, 1970 a major capital 
        improvement required for the operation, preservation, or maintenance 
        of the structure.  Under rent stabilization,  the  improvement  must
        generally be building-wide; depreciable under the  Internal  Revenue
        Code, other than for ordinary repairs; required for  the  operation,
        preservation, and maintenance of the structure; and replace an  item
        whose useful life has expired.   

        The Commissioner can not entertain the  tenant's  assertions  raised
        for the first time on  appeal.   The  record  in  the  instant  case
        indicates  that  the  owner  correctly  complied  with   application
        procedures for a major capital improvement and the  Rent  Administra
        tor properly computed the appropriate rent  increases.   The  tenant
        has not established that the increase should be revoked.

        This order is issued without prejudice to the tenants right to  file
        an application  for  decrease  in  services,  should  the  facts  so
        warrant.

        THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent Stabilization Law  Code,  and
        the Rent and Eviction Regulations for New York City, it is

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

        ISSUED:




                                                                      
                                        ELLIOT SANDER
                                        Deputy                  Commissioner
          
         
    

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