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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: CK120180RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: QC850262FR
               JOHN C. BOYLE


               On November 22, 1988 the above named petitioner-landlord filed 
          an appeal in accordance with the applicable provisions of the City 
          Rent Law and Regulations against an order issued on October 28, 
          1988 by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, New 
          York, concerning the housing accommodation known as 32-52 41st 
          Street, various apts., Queens, New York.

               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 through 
          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 states, in substance, that statements 
          from Rent Controlled tenants attesting to the fact that they 
          received the fuel cost report on May 13, 1985 and that they 
          received a refund in the form of credit to the June 1985 rental was 
          submitted on appeal.  In addition the owner states that the fuel 
          cost report was mailed to the DHCR (Hillside Office) on May 13, 

          ADM. APPEAL DOCKET NO.: CK120180RO

               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 
          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 

               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.

               As the owner did not submit any documentary evidence of having 
          filed the aforementioned report with the DHCR, the Commissioner 
          finds that the Administrator's order should be affirmed.

               Furthermore, the Commissioner notes that the signed affidavits 
          submitted on appeal are found to be insufficient to excuse the 
          failure to file.  The affidavits indicate, at best, that the owner 
          has complied with the Administrator's order.

               In addition, the Commissioner notes that on June 6, 1988 the 
          owner requested an extension of time "to show proof of timely 
          mailing of fuel adjustment, as my accountant is moving his office."  
          Neither the affidavits submitted for the first time on appeal nor 
          any other evidence of timely mailing was submitted to the 
          Administrator, despite the implication that such evidence was in 
          the hands of the owner's accountant.  

               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.


                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner

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