Docket No. CA 220329-RO

                                 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.: CA 220329-RO 

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: ZKC 851018-FR
          Ruth Hines
                                  PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


              On January 26, 1988 the above named petitioner-landlord refiled 
          an appeal in accordance with the applicable provisions of the City 
          Rent Law and Regulations against an order issued on December 2, 
          1987 by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, Jamaica Rent 
          Office, concerning the housing accommodation known as 369 Pacific 
          Street, Various apartments, Brooklyn, NY.

              The issue in this proceeding is whether Fuel Cost Adjustments 
          should have been suspended for the calendar year 1985.

              The Rent Administrator's order appealed herein suspended all 
          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 failed to timely serve and file the required report 
          of fuel cost decrease by reason of a decrease in the price of #2 
          oil during the calendar year 1984.

              On appeal, the landlord urges, in substance,that it hadn't 
          received a full Fuel Cost Adjustment in prior years.  The landlord 
          also claims that it filed the relevant forms incorrectly, and   
          requested a retroactive Fuel Cost Adjustment. 

              After a careful consideration of the entire evidence of record 
          the Commissioner is of the opinion that the administrative appeal 
          should be denied.

              9 NYCRR 2202.13 provides that where a landlord has obtained 












          Docket No. CA 220329-RO

          fuel cost adjustments and then there is a finding of fuel price 
          decrease, within 60 days of the promulgation of the finding on fuel 
          prices, the landlord must serve and file a report of fuel price 
          decrease.

              In early 1985, a finding was promulgated that the price of #2 
          fuel oil had declined during 1984.  The subject landlord was 
          required to file and serve fuel cost decrease reports on or before 
          May 15, 1985.

              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 Rent Office on or 
          before May 15, 1985.  The landlord's claim on appeal that she had 
          not received the full Fuel Cost Adjustments in prior years due to 
          unspecified errors on the owner's part was not made below by the 
          landlord.  As such, the landlord cannot make this argument for the 
          first time on appeal.  If the landlord has difficulty with the 
          various procedures, she should contact the Public Information Unit, 
          either in person or by phone, for assistance.

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

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

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

          ISSUED:

                               

                                                                           
                                             Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                             Acting Deputy Commissioner
    

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