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

          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO. BD 620336 RO
                                              :  DRO DOCKET NO. ZBC001472
               HENRY BUNCH                                      FR/84

                                PETITIONER    : 


               On April 29, 1987, the above-named petitioner-owner  filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review  against  an  order  issued  on
          April 7, 1987, by the Rent Administrator, Gertz Plaza, Queens, New 
          York, concerning the housing  accommodations  known  as  165  West
          197th Street, Bronx, New York, Various apartments. 

               The Administrative Appeal is being determined pursuant to the 
          provisions of Section 2202.13 of the Rent and Eviction Regulations 
          for New York City.

               The issue herein is whether the  Rent  Administrator's  order
          was warranted.

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

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

               This order was based upon a finding that  the  owner  of  the
          subject building  had  previously  obtained  allowable  fuel  cost
          adjustments and failed to  timely  serve  and  file  the  required
          report of fuel cost decrease by reason of a decrease in the  price
          of #4 fuel oil during the calendar year 1983.

               On appeal, the landlord urges, in substance, that it acquired 
          the subject premises in 1985; that the subject  premises  uses  #4
          fuel oil rather than #6 fuel oil  as  originally  thought  by  the
          Rent Administrator and that fuel cost increases were not  obtained
          for the subject premises since 1981.

               The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition  should
          be denied.

               Section 2202.13 of the Rent and Eviction Regulations for  New
          York City provides that where a landlord has  obtained  fuel  cost
          BD 620336 RO

          adjustments and then there is a finding of  fuel  price  decrease,
          the landlord must serve and file a report of fuel price decrease.

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

               In this matter it is undisputed that a "  Landlord's  Report,
          Certification and Notice of Fuel  Cost  Adjustment  Eligibility  -
          1984" was not served on the tenants or received  by  the  District
          Rent Office  on  or  before  March  26,  1984.   Contrary  to  the
          landlord's contention on appeal, the  Rent  Administrator  in  his
          final order noted that the  subject  premises  uses  #4  fuel  oil
          rather than #6 fuel oil.  It is further noted that since the prior 
          landlord did obtain fuel adjustment  increases  in  1981,  it  was
          required to file a Report of Fuel Price Decrease in 1984  and  did
          not do so.  The  fact  that  the  current  landlord  acquired  the
          subject premises in 1985 does  not  excuse  the  prior  landlord's
          failure to file in 1984.

               The  Commissioner  is  of   the   opinion   that   the   Rent
          Administrator correctly suspended Fuel Cost  ADjustments  for  the
          calendar year 1984.

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

               ORDERED, that this petition for administrative review be, and 
          the same hereby is, denied,  and,  that  the  order  of  the  Rent
          Administrator be, and the same hereby is, affirmed. 


                                          ELLIOT SANDER
                                          Deputy Commissioner


                            ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW BUREAU
                                 COVERING MEMORANDUM

          ARB Docket No.: BD 620336 RO

          DRO Docket No/Order No.: ZBC 001472 FR/84

          Tenant(s): Various

          Owner: Henry Bunch

          Code Section: 2202.13 of Rent and Eviction Regulations

          Premises:  165  West  197th  Street,  Bronx,  New  York,   Various

          Order         and         Opinion         Denying         Petition

               Petition denied on basis landlord did  not  timely  file  and
          serve required report of fuel price decrease.


          Processing Attorney:                                             

          Supervising Attorney:                                            

          Bureau Chief:                                                    

          Deputy Commissioner:                                             

          Mailed copies of Order and Determination to:
                           Tenant's Atty             
                           Owner's Atty              

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