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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: CL120224RO 

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: QC850554FR
                          KIM LUM


               On December 27, 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 46-05 48th 
          Avenue, Apts. 3F & 3R, 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 the 
          Administrator's order is correct, he failed to file the fuel cost 
          adjustment report.  In addition the owner states, that he believes 
          he has already refunded to the tenant more than he should have for 
          the 1984 and 1985 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.

          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: CL120224RO

               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 report on or before 
          May 15, 1985.  It is undisputed that no such filing took place.  
          The suspension procedure is initiated by the Division whenever an 
          owner fails to timely file a notice of fuel cost decrease.

               In this matter it is undisputed that a "Landlord's Report, 
          Certification and Notice of Fuel Cost Adjustment Eligibility-1985" 
          was not received by the Rent Office on or before May 15, 1985.

               Regarding the other issue raised in the landlord's petition 
          the Commissioner notes that this order and opinion is issued 
          without prejudice to the rights of the respective parties to an 
          adjudication of their dispute in a court of competent jurisdiction.

               The owner's questions regarding the calculation and collection 
          by the owner of the Fuel Cost Adjustment are beyond the scope of 
          this appeal.  However, the Commissioner notes that if the Fuel Cost 
          Adjustment is suspended two years in a row, no Fuel Cost Adjustment 
          whatsoever can be collected for that two year period.  For further 
          information call the DHCR Public Information Unit or Small Building 
          Owners Counseling Service at 718-739-6400.

               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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