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BOWLES v. ALEXANDER

April 30, 1946

BOWLES, Administrator, Office of Price Administration,
v.
ALEXANDER



The opinion of the court was delivered by: GOURLEY

This is a civil action brought by the Administrator of the Office of Price Administration against the defendants, R. P. Alexander, Jr., doing business as Alexander Real Estate Company, under and pursuant to the provisions of Section 205(a) of the Emergency Price Control Act of 1942, as amended, 50 U.S.C.A.Appendix, § 901 et seq.

It is the contention of the plaintiff that the defendant violated Section 4(a) of the Emergency Price Control Act of 1942, as amended by the Stabilization Extension Act of 1944, 50 U.S.C.A.Appendix, § 901 et seq., in that the defendant charged rents in excess of the Maximum Rent Regulation (8 Fed.Reg. 14663) as provided for housing accommodations in the Pittsburgh Defense-Rental Area.

 It is further contended by the plaintiff that the defendant is the rental agent for housing accommodations situate at 412 Atwood Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, First Floor Left, and 230 Meyran Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, First Floor.

 In connection with the housing accommodation situate at 412 Atwood Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, First Floor Left, the defendant as rental agent demanded and received rentals in the amount of $ 27 per month, from July 1, 1944 to and including May, 1945, while the legal maximum rent on March 1, 1942 was $ 25 per month for said housing accommodation, or monthly overcharges were made in the amount of $ 2 for a period of eleven months, or a total overcharge of $ 22.

 In connection with the housing accommodation situate at 230 Meyran Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, First Floor, the defendant as rental agent demanded and received rentals in the amount of $ 45.50 per month, from July 1, 1944 to and including May, 1945, while the legal maximum rent on March 1, 1942 was $ 45 per month for said housing accommodation, or monthly overcharges were made in the amount of $ 2.50 for a period of eleven months, or a total overcharge of $ 27.50.

 The plaintiff claims that the defendant is liable to the Administrator, on behalf of the United States, for the amount of $ 148.50, the same being three times the amount of the overcharges, pursuant to Section 205(e) of said Act, together with the costs of said proceeding.

 The plaintiff also demands injunctive relief against the defendant, his agents, servants, employees, attorneys, and all persons acting directly or indirectly in his behalf, and which violation of the regulations pertaining to Rent Regulation for Housing would be restrained.

 The Court, after hearing and consideration, makes the following Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law:

 Findings of Fact.

 1. The plaintiff is the duly appointed and qualified Administrator of the Office of Price Administration.

 2. This action is before the Court pursuant to the provisions of Section 205(a) of the Emergency Price Control Act of 1942, as amended, 50 U.S.C.A.Appendix, § 901 et seq., and jurisdiction is conferred upon this Court by virtue of Section 205(c).

 3. Rent Regulation Section 2(b) of the Act (8 Fed.Reg. 14663) was in effect for housing in the Pittsburgh Defense-Rental Area during the period from July 1, 1944 to and including May, 1945.

 4. That the legal maximum rent for the housing accommodation situate at 412 Atwood Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, First Floor Left, was $ 25 per month, and that the charge made by the defendant as rental agent for said premises was $ 2 per month in excess of the legal maximum rent, and that said charge was made for a period of eleven months or a total overcharge of $ 22.

 5. That the legal maximum rent for the housing accommodation situate at 230 Meyran Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, First Floor, was $ 45 per month, and that the charge made by the defendant as rental agent for said premises was $ 2.50 per month in excess of the legal maximum rent, and that said ...


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