ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NOS.: FB220013RT, FB220161RT
                                  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 NOS.:
                                                  FB220013RT, FB220161RT
                                                  
               PEGGY STERN                        DISTRICT RENT
               ORLANDO BILOTTI                    ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: DK220001BO
                                                       (BL223733BR)
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITIONS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

               The two above-named tenants filed timely petitions for 
          administrative review of an order issued concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 38 Bay 26th Street, Apts. 2F & 1C, 
          Brooklyn, N.Y.

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

               The issue before the Commissioner is whether the 
          Administrator's order was correct.

               The Administrator's order being appealed, DK220001BO was 
          issued on January 4, 1991.  In that order, the Administrator 
          revoked the finding of BL223733BR, issued June 22, 1989, that the 
          owner be denied eligibility for a 1988/89 Maximum Base Rent (MBR) 
          increase, due to the owner's failure to meet the violation 
          certification requirements necessary to the owner's being granted 
          an MBR increase.

               On appeal the tenants individually allege the persistence of 
          violations at the subject premises.  One of the tenants 
          additionally contends that she is a senior citizen and the MBR 
          increase is "very hard to pay."

               Inasmuch as the two petitions have presented substantially 
          similar arguments (with the above-noted exception of the senior 
          citizens' issue) and both were filed as appeals of the identical 
          Administrator's order, the Commissioner in making this 
          determination has considered these petitions as one.














          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NOS.: FB220013RT, FB220161RT

               The Commissioner is of the opinion that these petitions should 
          be denied.

               Despite the tenants' contentions made on appeal, an 
          examination of the record reveals that the owner cleared a 
          sufficient number of violations from the subject premises so as to 
          gain eligibility to raise MBRs at the subject premises for 1988/89.

               The Commissioner notes that the order of eligibility thus 
          upheld by the Commissioner on appeal herein directs the owner to 
          raise rents at the subject premises subject to the Senior Citizen 
          Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program.  Subject to other 
          requirements, membership in SCRIE generally will exempt the tenant 
          from MBR rent increases.  The tenant is thus advised to contact the 
          appropriate Agency of the City of New York to obtain information as 
          to enrollment in the SCRIE Program.

               THEREFORE, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent and 
          Eviction Regulations, it is

               ORDERED, that this petition for administrative review be, and 
          the same hereby is, denied, and that the order of the Rent 
          Administrator be, and the same hereby is, affirmed.

          ISSUED:





                                                                             
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner
    

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