Admin. Review Docket No.: ARL 10196 K
           
                                   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.: ARL 10196 K 
                
             JOHN PERIH                          DRO DOCKET NO.: KC 0019
                                 PETITIONER-
                                 PRIOR-OWNER     TENANTS: JOSEPHINE       
                                                 CIEHALSKI & OLGA     
                                                 PERCHOROWICH
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                 ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE
                                        REVIEW 

           The above-named petitioner-prior-owner timely filed a Petition for 
           Administrative Review against an order issued on April 16, 1986 by 
           the Rent Administrator at Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, New York, 
           concerning housing accommodations known as Apartments #1L and 2L at 
           138 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, wherein the Administrator 
           suspended the petitioner's entitlement to collect fuel cost 
           adjustments for one year for failure to timely file the required 
           fuel cost information. 

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

           The issue in the owner's appeal is whether the owner's ignorance of 
           the procedure under which he had to file fuel cost information with 
           the Division is a defense to the penalty imposed by the 
           Administrator.  

           The Petition, dated May 7, 1986, is silent as to any basis upon 
           which the Administrator's order should be modified or reversed. 
           However, the record contains a note from the petitioner, dated 
           April 16, 1986, wherein the petitioner refers to the action taken 
           by the Administrator and states that he did not file for a fuel 
           decrease because his understanding of the English language was not 
           very good and therefore he was unable to read in the newspaper that 
           a form for a fuel decrease had to be filed. 
            

           The Commissioner finds that the petitioner has provided no basis 
           upon which the Administrator's order should be reversed or 













          Admin. Review Docket No.: ARL 10196 K

           modified. The Commissioner finds that it was the owner's 
           responsibility to keep himself informed as to the reporting 
           requirements applicable to the business he was engaged in.

           The Commissioner notes that the annual registration statements 
           filed for the subject building for 1987 (and each filed thereafter, 
           to date) indicate that the petitioner is no longer the owner of the 
           subject building. Therefore, a copy of this order and opinion is 
           being served on the currently registered owner, as well as the 
           petitioner. 

           Therefore, the Commissioner finds that this Petition should be 
           denied.

           THEREFORE, pursuant to all of the applicable statutes and 
           regulations, it is

           ORDERED, that the Petition be, and the same hereby is denied.

           ISSUED:




                                                              
                                      JOSEPH A D'AGOSTA
                                      Acting Deputy Commissioner
    

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