ADM. APPEAL DOCKET NO. CL130178RO
STATE OF NEW YORK
DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
92-31 UNION HALL STREET
JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433
IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
APPEAL OF DOCKET NO.: CL130178RO
SEMINOLE REALTY CO.
ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
On December 28, 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 29,
1988 by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, New
York, concerning the housing accommodation known as 7744-54 Austin
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 #6
oil during the calendar year 1984.
On appeal, the landlord states, in substance, that the Fuel
Cost report was filed timely. A Copy of documentary evidence was
submitted on appeal.
After a careful consideration of the entire evidence of
record, the Commissioner is of the opinion that the appeal should
ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NO.: CL130178RO
Under the provisions of 9 NYCRR 2202.13e, 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, the landlord must serve and file a report of fuel
In early 1985 a finding was promulgated that the price of #6
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.
A review of the record reveals that the required Landlord's
Report, Certification and Notice of Fuel Cost Adjustment
Eligibility - 1985 was received by the Rent Office on or before May
15, 1985. Therefore, the Commissioner finds that the fuel cost
adjustment should not have been suspended for the calendar year
THEREFORE, in accordance with the applicable provisions of the
Rent and Eviction Regulations for New York City, it is
ORDERED, that the landlord's appeal be, and the same hereby
is, granted; that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same
hereby is, revoked; and that the monthly cumulative fuel cost
adjustment for the subject building as of January 1, 1985 is
reinstated in the amount of $4.29 per room, per month, and it is
further ordered that the tenants may pay any arrears in rent
arising as a result of this order in twelve (12) equal monthly
JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA