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                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK   11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: AK 220281 RO

                      ANNA SICA,
                                                  DRO DOCKET NO.: ZKC 00337 FR84



          On November 28, 1986, the above-named  petitioner-owner  filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review against  an  order  issued  on
          November 20, 1986 by the Rent  Administrator,  92-31  Union  Hall
          Street, Jamaica, New York, concerning the housing  accommodations
          known as 1981 West 11th Street, Brooklyn, New  York  wherein  the
          Administrator suspended all fuel cost adjustments for the  period
          January 1, 1984 to December 31, 1984.

          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 administrative appeal.

          The order appealed from was based on the finding that  the  owner
          had previously obtained allowable fuel adjustments and failed  to
          timely serve and file the required report of fuel cost decease by 
          reason of a decrease in the price  of  #2  fuel  oil  during  the
          calendar year 1984.

          On appeal, the owner argues that the order of suspension of  fuel
          adjustment was issued in error  as  the  original  fuel  decrease
          forms, which provided for a greater rent reduction than required, 
          were timely filed.  The owner encloses with the petition  a  copy
          of Landlord's  Report  Certification  and  Notice  of  Fuel  Cost
          Adjustment Eligibility-1984 stamped as original received on March 
          14, 1984 by the Brooklyn Rent Office.

          Although afforded the opportunity to do so, no  tenant  filed  an
          answer to the petition.

          After careful consideration of the entire evidence of record, the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion  that  the  administrative  appeal
          should be granted.

          Section 2202.13 of the Rent  and  Eviction  Regulations  provides
          that where a landlord has obtained fuel cost adjustments and then 
          there is a finding of a fuel price decrease within 60 days of the 

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          promulgation of the finding on fuel  prices,  the  landlord  must
          serve and file a report of fuel price decrease.

          In January 1984 a finding was promulgated that the price of  fuel
          oil had declined during 1983.  Therefore the subject landlord was 
          required to serve and file  fuel  cost  decrease  reports  on  or
          before March 26, 1984.

          The  owner  is  this  case  has  adequately  established  that  a
          "Landlord's  Report  Certification  and  Notice  of   Fuel   Cost
          Adjustment Eligibility-1985" was served on the  tenants  and  the
          District Rent Office before March 26, 1984 as  evidenced  by  the
          March 14, 1984 date stamp on the submitted document.   No  tenant
          has asserted that he or she did not receive the report the  owner
          claims it served in a timely manner.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that  the  Rent  Administrator
          incorrectly suspended fuel cost adjustments for the calendar year 

          The tenants may pay any arrears due as a result of this order  in
          twelve equal payments.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the applicable  provisions  of  the
          Rent and Eviction Regulations for New York City, it is

          ORDERED, that this administrative appeal be, and the same  hereby
          is, granted and that the order of the Rent Administrator be,  and
          the same hereby is, revoked.

                                                  ELLIOT SANDER
                                                  Deputy Commissioner

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