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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. BH 410141 RO
                                              : DRO DOCKET NO.ZLC-001044FR85
               SIERRA REALTY CORP.                     

                                PETITIONER    : 

               On August 21, 1987, the above-named petitioner-landlord filed 
          a Petition for Administrative Review against an order issued on July 
          22, 1987, by the Rent Administrator, 92-31 Union Hall Street, 
          Jamaica, New York, concerning the housing accommodations known as 
          971 First Avenue, New York, New York, Various Apartments. 

          The Administrative Appeal is being determined pursuant to the 
          provisions of 9 NYCRR 2202.13.

          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 al 
          fuel cost adjustments for the period January 1, 1985 - December 
          31, 1985.

          This order was based upon a finding that the owner of the 
          subject building had previously obtained allowable fuel cost 
          adjustments and had failed to timely serve and file the required 
          report of fuel cost decrease by reason of a decrease in the price 
          of certain fuel oils and gases during the calendar year 1984.

          In this petition, the landlord urges in substance that the 
          prior landlord in fact filed a timely report of fuel cost 
          decrease.  In support of such contention, the landlord submitted 
          an affidavit from the prior landlord to the effect that it timely 
          filed the required report.

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

          9 NYCRR 2202.13 provides in pertinent part that where a 
          landlord has obtained fuel cost adjustments and then there is a 
          finding of fuel price decrease, within 60 days of the promulgation 

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

          In January 1985, a finding was promulgated that the price of 
          certain fuel oils and gases had declined during 1984.  Therefore, 
          the subject landlord was required to file and serve fuel cost 
          decrease reports on or before May 15, 1985.

          In this case, the record before the Rent Administrator 
          discloses that the landlord did not file the required report of 
          fuel cost decrease for 1985.  The landlord has not submitted 
          sufficient evidence on appeal such as a date stamped copy of the 
          report to establish that in fact the report was timely filed.

          The Commissioner is therefore of the opinion that the Rent 
          Administrator correctly suspended Fuel Cost Adjustments for the 
          calendar year 1985.

          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.


                                          JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                          Deputy Commissioner


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