Docket No. DC 130293.RO
                                          





                                 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 APPEAL
          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: DC 130293-RO

                                                  DRO DOCKET NO.: 
                                                  QC 850843-FR 
                                                  

          Petar Gina               PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

              On March 13, 1989 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 February 
          8, 1989 by the  Rent Administrator, of the Gertz Plaza,  Jamaica,
          New York, Rent Office, concerning the housing accommodation known 
          as 71-06 67th Place, Queens, NY.     

              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 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 fuel oil during the calendar year 1984.

              On appeal, the landlord urges,  in  substance,  that  it  had
          filed the report on a timely basis.        

              After a careful  consideration  of  the  entire  evidence  of
          record the Commissioner is of the opinion that the administrative 
          appeal should be denied.
              9 NYCRR 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 prices, the landlord must serve and file a  report  of  fuel
          price                                                   decrease.
           






          Docket No. DC 130293-RO
              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  reports  on  or
          before May 15, 1985.  An examination of the record indicates that 
          the landlord did not file the report  on  a  timely  basis.   The
          purported copy of the report submitted on appeal  bears  no  date
          stamp or other proof of timely  mailing.   Furthermore,  although
          the prior owner advised the Division on May  31,  1988  that  the
          subject  building  had  been  sold  as  of   March,   1986,   the
          Commissioner notes that the report dated May 1, 1985 submitted on 
          appeal was signed by the current owner petitioner

             The Commissioner additionally notes that on January  4,  1989,
          over one month before the Issue Date of the Order,  the  landlord
          was served with a  "Notice  of  Commencement  of  Proceedings  to
          Suspend and Revoke Fuel Cost Adjustment", which gave the landlord 
          twenty days to answer, and that the landlord did not answer  this
          notice.   Having  failed  to  answer  the  Notice,  the  landlord
          cannot file evidence for the first time on appeal.  

              The  Commissioner  is   of  the  opinion   that   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.

          ISSUED:



                                             ___________________________
                                               Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                               Acting Deputy Commissioner








    

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