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                                  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.:
                                                  FI420436RT
                    IRIS G. ROSSI,
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.:
                                                  FD420041OR
                                  PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


          The above-named tenant filed a timely petition for administrative 
          review of an order issued August 21, 1991 concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 325 East 57th Street, Apartment 16-D, 
          wherein the Rent Administrator restored rent previously reduced on 
          June 20, 1988 per Docket No. BJ420646S.

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

          The Rent Administrator granted the owner's rent restoration appli- 
          cation based on the results of the inspection held on August 8, 
          1991 that revealed that the condition that gave rise to the rent 
          reduction had been remedied.  The inspector reported that locks had 
          been installed on three bedroom windows.

          In the appeal the tenant asserts that the owner has not afforded 
          the tenant the rent abatement granted by the Rent Administrator in 
          the underlying rent reduction proceedings.  The tenant does not 
          allege errors of law or fact concerning the rent restoration 
          proceedings.

          The Commissioner notes that the tenant's claim is in the nature of 
          an overcharge complaint.  An administrative appeal is not the 
          proper vehicle to obtain relief for any overcharges.  The tenant 
          may apply for a determination as to whether overcharges have 














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          occurred, as the facts may warrant.  In the alternative, any excess 
          rent paid by the tenant for such prior period may be credited to 
          the tenant, if not already done so.


          THEREFORE, in accordance with the Rent and Eviction Regulations for 
          New York, and the City Rent Control Law, 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:


                              
                                                                             
                                                       JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                       Deputy Commissioner

    

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