Docket No. CL130161RO
                                    STATE OF NEW YORK 
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: CL130161RO  

                                                  DISTRICT RENT             
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
          Hanns G. Stenger                        NO.: QC850653FR


              On December 2, 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 37-02 63 Street 
          Various, Apartments, 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 he may have 
          applied for the fuel cost adjustment increase, however no such 
          increase was ever charged to the tenants.  Signed statements from 
          tenants to that effect were submitted on appeal.

              9NYCRR 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 
          price decrease.

              In early 1985, a finding was promulgated that the price of #2 

          Docket No. CL130161RO

          fuel oil had declined during 1984.  the subject landlord was 
          required to file and serve fuel cost decrease reports on or before 
          May 1, 1985.

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

              The Commissioner notes that the Administrators' 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 implied in the Administrators' order that if 
          the owner did not collect any fuel cost adjustment for the period 
          covered by the order then no refund by the owner was required by 
          the order.  Therefore, the owner was not aggrieved by the order 
          under appeal.

              Accordingly, the Commissioner is of the opinion the Rent 
          Administrator correctly suspended Fuel Cost Adjustments 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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