Docket No. DE410443RT




                                    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. DE410443RT 

                                                  DISTRICT RENT             
          Tom Ettinger,                           ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO. AF520114F
           
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW



              On May 22, 1989, the above-named tenant filed a petition for 
          administrative review of an order issued on April 18, 1989 by a 
          Rent Administrator concerning the housing accommodation known as 
          Apartment 11G, 420 Riverside Drive, New York, New York.

              On April 15, 1986, the subject landlord filed with the rent 
          agency a "Landlord's Report, Certification and Notice of Fuel 
          Adjustment Eligibility," under Docket No. AD426144FC, in order to 
          qualify for an increase in the fuel cost adjustment effective 
          January 1, 1986.

              On June 16, 1986, the subject tenant filed with the rent agency 
          a challenge to the above-mentioned "Landlord's Report and 
          Certification of Fuel Cost Adjustment and Eligibility is for 1986

              On April 18, 1989, the Administrator's order under review 
          herein denied the tenant's challenge.

              In his petition, dated May 22, 1989, the subject tenant states 
          that:

               Fuel cost adjustment is a benefit granted to landlords 












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          only upon the condition that their premises are properly 
          maintained.  As the record shows, such is not the case in 
          this building.  Accordingly, the Administrator erred in 
          granting the landlords this relief, as they are not 
          entitled to it.

               Deponent has not had time to prepare the documentation 
               for this submission and timely files this pro-forma PAR 
               in order not to lose the right for PAR.  Deponent will 
               file these supplementary papers in the near future.

              In its response, dated July 28, 1989, the subject landlord 
          asserts, among other things, that the subject landlord is 
          maintaining all essential services in the subject building, and 
          that the tenant's petition should be denied as it did not contain 
          "any supporting documentation."

              The subject tenant submitted a letter, dated June 2, 1993, to 
          the rent agency requesting an additional thirty days to submit 
          supplementary papers.

              On July 11, 1993, the rent agency mailed a letter to the 
          subject tenant informing him that "no action will be taken on this 
          matter before July 6, 1993."

              The record reflects that the subject tenant did not submit 
          supplementary papers to the rent agency.

              After careful consideration, the Commissioner finds that the 
          tenant's petition should be denied.

              Pursuant to Section 2202.13(h) of the Rent and Eviction 
          Regulations and Policy Statement 91-3, the Commissioner finds that 
          a landlord is barred from collecting increases for fuel cost 
          adjustments when there is a rent reduction order in effect for 
          failing to maintain an essential service.

              The record reflects that on January 1, 1986, the effective date 
          of the increase in fuel cost adjustments in this proceeding, there 
          was no rent reduction order pending against the subject building
          for failure to maintain an essential service.
           
              Furthermore, the Commissioner finds that the subject tenant did 
          not substantiate his allegation that the subject landlord was 
          failing to maintain essential services.
             
              Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that the tenant's petition 
          should be denied.

              THEREFORE, in accordance with the City Rent and Rehabilitation 
          Law and the Rent and Eviction Regulations, it is







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              ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, denied, 
          and that the Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 
          affirmed.

          ISSUED:



                                                                            
                                             Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                             Deputy Commissioner






    

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