ADM. APPEAL DOCKET NO.: DA130122RO
                                  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.: DA130122RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
                                                  OFFICE DOCKET
                                                  NO.: QC851368FR
               BRIGHTON PROPERTIES
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

               On January 17, 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 December 27, 
          1988 by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, New 
          York, concerning the housing accommodation known as 70-11 108th 
          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 each 
          tenant's rent was reduced in the correct amount in 1985.  The owner 
          also alleges that it had been informed by a staff member of the 
          DHCR that the promulgation of the notice of fuel cost decrease had 
          occurred on May 15, 1985.  Therefore, the owner's July 12, 1985 
          filing of the required report was timely.  

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















          ADM. APPEAL DOCKET NO.: DA130122RO

               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 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.  Therefore, the July 12,1985 filing was untimely.  
          The notice of fuel cost decrease is published in the City Record.  
          It is the owner's responsibility to learn of that notice and to 
          file within 60 days thereof.  It is not credible that a DHCR staff 
          member told the owner it had 60 days from May 15, 1985 to file.  
          May 15, 1985 was the actual deadline itself.  It is clear that the 
          owner at best misunderstood what it was told by the staff member.  


               Furthermore, the Commissioner notes that on June 7, 1988 the 
          owner was served with a Notice of Commencement of Proceeding to 
          Suspend and Revoke Fuel Cost Adjustment 1985.  This notice stated 
          that the owner was to have filed the required report on May 15, 
          1985.  In response to this notice the owner made no allegation that 
          it had been misinformed by the Division. 

               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.

          ISSUED:







                                                                           
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner
    

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