Docket No. DB120037RO


                                    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.: DB120037RO  

                                                  DISTRICT RENT             
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
          James Sclafani                          NO.: QC851442FR
           
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


              On February 6, 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 January 18, 
          1989 by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, New 
          York, concerning the housing accommodation known as 64-32 Catalpa 
          Avenue, Apt. 1, 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 #2 
          oil during the calendar year 1985.

              On appeal, the landlord states, in substance, that the answer 
          to the Notice of Commencement of Proceeding to Suspend and Revoke 
          Fuel Cost Adjustment, was timely filed with the Agency.  Tenant was 
          timely notified.

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

              9NYCRR 2202.13 provides that where a landlord has obtained fuel 












          Docket No. DB120037RO

          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 #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.

              On December 20, 1988 the owner was notified that a proceeding 
          to suspend the fuel cost adjustment for 1985 had been commenced 
          based on the owner's failure to file a timely report of the fuel 
          cost decrease for fuel delivered in 1984.

              On December 30, 1988, the owner, petitioner herein, answered 
          that notice and alleged that it had filed the required report.  
          Attached to the answer was a purported copy of a report for fuel 
          delivered during 1983 (sic).  That is, the report submitted was not 
          relevant to eligibility for 1985.  The report is dated February 15, 
          1984 (sic), but is not date-Stamped as received by the Division.

              As the owner did not submit any documentary evidence of having 
          filed the aforementioned report with the DHCR, the Commissioner 
          finds that the Administrator's order should be affirmed.

              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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