BD 620012-RO    

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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.:   
                                                  BD 620012-RO          
                  BELMONT                                       ASSOCIATES,
                                                  DISTRICT RENT ORDER 
                                                  DOCKET               NO.:
                                  PETITIONER         BC    001568-FR     84


          On April 7, 1987, the above-named petitioner-owner filed a  Peti-
          tion for Administrative Review against an  order  issued  by  the
          Rent Administrator on March 17, 1987. The order concerned housing 
          accommodations located at 2406 Lorillard Place, Bronx, New York.

          The Commissioner has reviewed the record and carefully considered 
          that portion relevant to the issues raised by this appeal.

          The issue in this proceeding is  whether  Fuel  Cost  Adjustments
          should have been suspended for the calendar year 1984.

          The  District  Rent  Administrator's   order   appealed   herein,
          suspended all fuel cost adjustments for  the  period  January  1,
          1984 - December 31, 1984.

          This order was based on  a  finding  that  the  landlord  of  the
          subject building had previously obtained allowable fuel cost 
          adjustments and failed  to  timely  file  in  1984  the  required
          report of fuel cost decrease by reason of a decrease in the price 
          of gas during the calendar year 1983.

          On appeal the owner states that it mistakenly  responded  to  the
          Notice to Suspend or Revoke the 1984 Adjustment with  information
          regarding the 1986 adjustment.  The owner states that the tenants 
          did in fact, receive the 1984 decrease.  Attached to the petition 

          is a signed  statement  from  7  of  9  rent  controlled  tenants
          attesting to the fact that they did receive the decrease in early 
          March 1984.  Petitioner states that attempts were made to contact 
          the other two tenants but that these tenants were not  available.
          The tenants did not file a response.

          After a careful consideration of the evidence of record the  Com-
          missioner is of the opinion that the appeal should be granted.

          BD 620012-RO    

          Under the provisions of 9 NYCRR 2202.13 where a landlord has  ob-
          tained fuel cost adjustments and then there is a finding of  fuel
          price decrease, within 60 days of the promulgation of the finding 
          on fuel price, the landlord must serve and file a report of  fuel
          price decrease.

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

          The record reveals that the required reports were served  on  the
          tenants on March 5, 1984.  The Commissioner  is  of  the  opinion
          that this record  constitutes  substantial  compliance  with  the
          requirements of 9 NYCRR 2202.12, as  the  tenants,  the  intended
          beneficiaries of this  provision  of  the  Regulations,  received
          adequate notice of the decrease in the monthly  collectible  fuel
          cost adjustment.  Therefore, the Commissioner finds that the fuel 
          cost adjustments should not have been suspended for the  calendar
          year 1984.

          The tenants may pay any arrears in rent arising as  a  result  of
          this order in twelve (12) equal monthly payments.

          THEREFORE, pursuant to the Rent and Eviction Regulations, it is

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is,  granted;
          that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same  hereby  is,
          revoked; and that the monthly cumulative fuel cost adjustment for 
          the subject building as of January 1, 1984 is reinstated  in  the
          amount of $4.81 per room, per month.


                                                ELLIOT SANDER
                                                Deputy Commissioner


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