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SEC. 6. That the rent administrator is authorized, under the direction of the President, to make and promulgate rules and regulations not inconsistent with this act for carrying out the provisions hereof.
SEC. 7. That the President is hereby authorized to appoint a Board of Rent Appeals, consisting of three persons, who shall be citizens of the United States and residents of the District of Columbia. Said Board of Rent Appeals shall have the power to hear and determine any appeal from any order of the Rent Administrator authorized under section four of this act, and said Board of Rent Appeals shall have power, upon consideration of such appeal, by its order, to affirm or reverse the order of the Rent Administrator, and in case of reversal thereof to increase, diminish, or otherwise modify the amount of rent fixed in the order of the Rent Administrator, and the amount so fixed in the order of the Board of Rent Appeals shall be the amount of rent which can be lawfully charged and received for the use and occupation of the real estate affected thereby until the same shall be, upon new facts or other conditions, again changed and fixed by order of the Rent Administrator or the Board of Rent Appeals, as the case may be.
Sec. 8. That nothing in this act shall be construed to prevent the renting of real estate by the party or person entitled thereto at such price or prices and for such period of time and on such terms as the parties to the contract or agreement of renting shall agree upon: Provided, hoirerer, That the amount of rent provided for in any and all such leases, contracts, and agreements shall be subject to revision and change by the Rent Administrator, from time to time, upon the application of any party thereto, or otherwise as the Rent Administrator may determine, and the Rent Administrator may, from time to time, approve and confirm the existing rent or may decrease or increase the same as he may determine to be just and reasonable, as in this act provided.
SEC. 9. That the Rent Administrator and such agents as he may appoint for that purpose shall have power to summon witnesses and require the production of books and documents, and may administer oaths and affirmations to witnesses so summoned and take testimony respecting the matters covered by this act.
SEC. 10. That any person violating any of the provisions of this act shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not exceeding $1,000 for each offense.
SEC. 11. That if any clause, sentence, paragraph, or part of this act shall, for any reason, be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair, or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered.
SEC. 12. That this act shall remain in full force and effect until a treaty of peace between the Imperial German Government and the United States shall have been concluded and proclamation thereof shall have been made by the President of the United States.
ntative JOHNSON. Senator, may I add to that just one statement, and that is to say, if you will take the witnesses who appeared here as representatives of the citizens' associations and then read their statements you will find that each and every one of them is in the real estate business.
Mr. LINKINS. Mr. Chairman, there is one statement that was made as to a collateral matter, and I do not know whether it ought to be gone into.
Senator POMERENE. We do not care anything about those collateral matters at all.
Mr. LINKINS (continuing). Except that it might be considered afterwards.
Senator POMERENE. Suppose that you write a statement to the committee on that, and then we will consider what to do with it.
Mr. LINKINS. Will it be printed hereafter?
Mr. LINKINS. It related to the testimony in regard to the Union Station matter.
Senator POMERENE. We do not care anything about that. That does not give us any light on this matter.
Mr. LINKINS. No.
Senator POMERENE. That does not affect what we might do at this time.
Mr. LINKINS. I do not want a public record made in regard to that matter which is wrong.
Senator POMERENE. But there is no use in encumbering the record with any collateral matters.
(Thereupon, at 1.20 o'clock p. m., the subcommittee adjourned subject to the call of the chairman.)