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                                  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.  
                                                  BL 210003-RO
                 STANLEY RADZIETA,        
                                                  RENT ADMINISTRATOR'S
                                                  DOCKET NO.  
                                  PETITIONER     KC 850968-FR          
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW   


          On December 21, 1987, the above-named owner filed a petition  for
          administrative review of an order issued on November 23, 1987  by
          a Rent Administrator concerning the housing  accommodation  known
          as Apartment 5, 228 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.

          On November 23,  1987,  the  Rent  Administrator  mailed  to  the
          landlord an "Order Of Suspension of Fuel  Cost  Adjustment  (FCA)
          1985".  The order stated:

                    After consideration of  the  entire  record  in
                    this matter, the  District  Rent  Administrator
                    or  Director  of  Processing  finds  that   the
                    owner  who  previously  obtained  a  fuel  cost
                    increase  rent adjustment,  failed  to  file  a
                    timely report of fuel cost price  decrease  ...
                    Within 60 days of promulgati n  of  the  calcu-
                    lated  decrease,  and  to   reduce   the   rent
                    accordingly as required by  Section  2202.13(e)
                    of the Rent & Eviction Regulations.

                    Therefore,  it  is  ordered  that   the   total
                    accumulated  fuel  cost  rent  adjustment   be,
                    and the same hereby is suspended  and  revoked,
                    effective January 1, 1985,  for  12  months  up
                    to and including December 31, 1985 . .  .   Any
                    FCA increase  paid  by  the  tenant  commencing
                    January 1, 1985 to December 31, 1985 inclu- 



                    sive,  shall  be  refunded  to  the  tenant  or
                    credited to  the  tenant  in  full,  commencing
                    with the rental payment  immediately  following
                    the date of issuance of this order . . .

          The owner's petition asserts that he did not  collect  any  money
          for a fuel cost rent adjustment for 1985, 1986, and 1987.








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          After careful consideration the Commissioner is  of  the  opinion
          that this petition should be denied.

          The Commissioner notes that  the  landlord  does  not  raise  any
          issues which would warrant the Administrator's order  o  be  mod-
          fied or revoked.  

          The pertinent portion of the Administrator's order merely pointed 
          out that the landlord did not file a "timely report of fuel  cost
          price decrease," and therefore, the landlo d  would  not  be  en-
          titled to collect a fuel cost rent adjustment for the  applicable
          time period, followed by a  resumption  of  collectibility  in  a
          reduced amount.  The Commissioner notes that the  Administrator's
          order required the landlord to refund money to the tenant only if 
          a fuel cost adjustment  increase  was  actually  collected.   The
          Commissioner further notes that it is implied in t e  Administra-
          tor's order that if the owner's  allegation,  as  stated  in  the
          petition, is true, then the landlord would not have to refund any 
          money to the tenant.

          Accordingly, the  Commissioner  finds  that  the  Administrator's
          order should be affirmed.


          THEREFORE, in accordance with the City  Rent  and  Rehabilitation
          Law and the Rent and Eviction Regulations, it is       

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby  is,  denied,
          and that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the  same  hereby
          is, affirmed.


          ISSUED:


                                                                           
                                                ELLIOT SANDER
                                                Deputy Commissioner


                                          
    

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