Docket No. CL120185RO
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK 
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: CL120185RO  

                                                  DISTRICT RENT             
          George Kashis                           ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: QC850784FR


              On December 9, 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 4, 
          1988 by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, New 
          York, concerning the housing accommodation known as 48-08 108 
          Street, Apt. 1F, 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 a copy of 
          the Order given to him by the tenant was the first knowledge the 
          landlord had of this proceeding.  The Order was issued to the owner 
          at an address which has been defunct for over six (6) years.  The 
          owner has given the agency numerous notices about the change in 

              A review of the record reveals that the DHCR had been 
          previously notified that the owner had moved to 5 Joseph Lane, and 
          that the notice of commencement of the proceeding to suspend the 
          fuel cost adjustment as well as the order was mailed to the owner's 

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          previous address.

              After careful consideration of the entire evidence of record, 
          the Commissioner is of the opinion that the appeal should be 

              9NYCRR 2202.13e 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.  This obligation to file is independent of any notice by 
          the DHCR.

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

              The record contains no evidence that the required report was 
          filed with the Rent Office on or before May 15, 1985.  Although the 
          owner argues that he was denied due process in this proceeding, he 
          submits no evidence that the required report was timely filed, nor 
          does he even allege that such evidence  exists or that in fact the 
          report was timely filed.  Therefore, the Commissioner finds that 
          the fuel cost adjustment was properly suspended for the calendar 
          year 1985.

              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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