DOCKET NO.:  DC 230292-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 REVIEW
     APPEAL OF                                 DOCKET NO. DC 230292-RO
                                           :   DRO DOCKET NO. AK 220177-FR
                LEON GOLDSTEIN                                       
            D/B/A SLOPE REALTY CO.,        :   
                            PETITIONER               
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           ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

     On March 17, 1989, the above named petitioner-landlord  filed  a  Petition
     for Administrative Review (PAR) against an order issued  on  February  17,
     1989 by the Rent Administrator concerning the housing accommodation  known
     as 177  16th Street, Brooklyn, NY.

     The issue in this proceeding is whether Fuel Cost Adjustments should  have
     been suspended for the calendar year 1986.

     The Rent Administrator's order appealed herein  suspended  all  fuel  cost
     adjustment for the period January 1, 1986 - December 31, 1986.

     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 Brooklyn Union Non-Interruptible Gas  during
     the calendar year 1985.

     On appeal, the landlord states, in substance, that the tenants were served 
     with the 1986 Fuel  Cost  Readjustment  and  that  they  received  a  rent
     reduction, and full credit for the months in which they overpaid.

     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.

     In early 1986, a finding was promulgated that price of Brooklyn Union Non 
     Interruptible Gas  had  declined  during  1985.   Therefore,  the  subject
     landlord was required to file and serve fuel cost decrease reports  on  or
     before May 14, 1986.

     An  examination  of  the  record  reveals  that  a   "Landlord's   Report,
     Certification and Notice of Fuel Cost Adjustment Eligibility -  1986"  was
     not received by the Rent Office until July 15, 1986.

     Accordingly, after a careful  consideration  of  the  entire  evidence  of
     record, the Commissioner is of the opinion that the administrative  appeal
     should be denied.

     THEREFORE, in accordance with the applicable provisions of  the  Rent  and






          DOCKET NO.:  DC 230292-RO

     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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