BE 420118 RT

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

          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO. BE 420118 RT
                                              :  DRO DOCKET NO.ZBA-520042-RP
          VARIOUS TENANTS OF 499 FT.                     
                                PETITIONER    : 

               On May 19, 1987, the above-named petitioner-tenants filed a 
          Petition for Administrative Review against an order issued on April 
          14, 1987, by the Rent Administrator, Gertz Plaza, Queens, New York, 
          concerning the housing accommodations known as 499 Ft. Washington 
          Avenue, New York, 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, pursuant to 
          an Order of Remand issued on December 6, 1986 under docket ARL 
          1998-U, revoked the Rent Administrator's order issued on February 
          11, 1985 under docket number UC 00355-FR84.  The February 11, 1985 
          order had suspended all fuel cost adjustments for the period 
          January 1, 1984 - December 31, 1984.

          The order appealed herein was based upon a finding that the 
          owner of the subject building had previously obtained allowable 
          fuel cost adjustments and had timely served and filed the 
          required report of fuel cost decrease by reason of a decrease in 
          the price of #6 fuel oil during the calendar year 1983.

          On appeal, the tenants urge, in substance, that the order 
          suspending the fuel cost adjustments for 1984 should not have been 
          revoked and that the owner never refunded the fuel cost 
          adjustments for 1984 in compliance with the February 11, 1985 
          suspension order.

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

          BE 420118 RT
          Section 2202.13 of the Rent and Eviction Regulations for New 
          York City provides that where an owner has obtained fuel cost 
          adjustments and then there is a finding of fuel price decrease, 
          the owner must serve and file a report of fuel price decrease.

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

          In the instant case, the record, including a date stamped 
          copy of the "Landlord's Report, Certification and NOtice of Fuel 
          Cost Adjustment Eligibility - 1984" reveals that said Report was 
          received by the DHCR on March 30, 1984 and mailed in by the owner 
          on March 26, 1984.  In said Report, the owner affirmed that the 
          tenants were also served with a copy of the Report.  The 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that this record constitutes 
          compliance with the requirements of Section 2202.13.

          It is noted that in their petition, the tenants do not claim 
          that they were not served with a copy of the 1984 Report.  
          Moreover, copies of rent checks for 1984 submitted by one tenant 
          on appeal indicate that the owner did in fact reduce the fuel cost 
          adjustment in 1984 effective January 1, 1984 in accordance with 
          its filed Report of Fuel Cost Decrease.  In addition, the fact 
          that the owner did not comply with the February 11, 1985 order 
          (now revoked) suspending the 1984 fuel cost adjustment is not a 
          basis to bar the revocation of such order.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that the Rent 
          Administrator correctly revoked the suspension of 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


          BE 420118 RT


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