Docket No. CL120143RO

                                    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.: CL120143RO  

                                                  DISTRICT RENT             
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
          James Flynn                             NO.: QC851130FR
           
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

              On December 1, 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 November 22, 
          1988 by the rent Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, New 
          York, concerning the housing accommodation known as 18-16 Woodbine 
          Street, Apartment 2R, 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, that he did submit a response, 
          dated April 22, 1985, in answer to the 1984 fuel cost revision.  
          However, that response was not the required report but rather a 
          letter in which the owner stated in substance, that the fuel cost 
          report was apparently filed in 1980 but the prior owner's record 
          reveals it was never collected.

              A review of the record reveals that the prior owner did file 
          the fuel cost report one time only which was for 1980.

              After a careful consideration of the entire evidence of record 
          the commissioner is of the opinion that the administrative appeal 












          Docket No. CL120143RO

          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 
          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.  It is undisputed that the required report was not 
          timely submitted.

              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 the Administrator's order that 
          if the owner's allegation that he never collected a fuel cost 
          adjustment is true, then the landlord would not have to refund any 
          money to the tenant.

              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
                                             Deputy Commissioner
    

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