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.: FF 610613-RT
                                         :               FF 610733-RT
      VARIOUS TENANTS OF                                 FF 610734-RT
      775 EAST 185TH STREET,                             FF 610735-RT
      BRONX, NY            PETITIONERS   : 
     ------------------------------------X  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S      
                                            DOCKET NO.: DL 630119-OM


                 ORDER AND OPINION REMANDING PROCEEDING ON APPEAL

     The Petitioners in the above referenced proceedings filed timely Petitions 
     for Administrative Review of an order of  the  Rent  Administrator  issued
     June 6, 1991.  The order concerned housing accommodations located  at  775
     East 185th Street, Bronx, New York.  The Administrator granted the owner's 
     application for a rent increase based upon the  installation  of  a  major
     capital improvement.

     The Commissioner has reviewed the record  and  carefully  considered  that
     portion relevant to the issues raised by these appeals.

     The owner commenced this proceeding by filing an application  on  December
     11, 1988 for a rent increase based on a Major Capital  Improvement  (MCI).
     The owner claimed installation of a new boiler/burner at a total  cost  of
     $21,250.  The tenants were served with a copy of the application on  March
     30, 1990 and given opportunity to respond.

     In the order appealed from, the Administrator stated that  "one  tenant...
     responded to the owner's application objecting to the increase without any 
     complaint pertaining to the installation."  The Administrator granted  the
     application and allowed appropriate rent increases for rent controlled and 
     rent stabilized apartments.

     In the petitions for administrative review,  the  petitioners  state  that
     they did, in fact, answer the application  in  April  1990.   Each  answer
     directly  questioned  the  adequacy  of  the  installation  of   the   new
     burner/boiler, alleging that heat and hot water services  are  inadequate.
     Copies of those answers are annexed to the petitions.

     The owner did not file any response to the petitions.

     The Commissioner has reviewed the answers  and  finds  they  raise  issues
     pertinent to whether the application for the  rent  increase  should  have
     been granted.  The answers, all bear various dates in April, 1990 but were 
     not in the record before the Administrator.








          DOCKET NUMBER: FF 610613-RT
     Further investigation is required to address  the  issues  raised  by  the
     petitioners.  The Commissioner is of the opinion  that  these  proceedings
     should be remanded to the Administrator for further processing.  On remand 
     the Administrator should undertake  such  further  processing  as  may  be
     deemed necessary including a physical inspection.


     THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent Stabilization Law and Code  and  the  Rent
     and Eviction Regulations for New York City, it is

     ORDERED, that these petitions be, and the same hereby are, granted to  the
     extent of remanding this  proceeding  to  the  Administrator  for  further
     processing in accordance with this order and opinion.  The automatic  stay
     of so much of the Rent Administrator's order  as  directed  a  retroactive
     rent increase is hereby continued until a new order is issued upon remand. 
     However the determination as to a prospective rent increase is not  stayed
     and shall remain in effect until the Administrator issues a new  order  on
     remand.

     ISSUED:










                                                                   
                                     JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                     Deputy Commissioner




                                                   
    

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