Docket No. DB210202RO


                                    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.: DB210202RO  

                                                  DISTRICT RENT             
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
          Leon Goldstein                          NO.: AK220197FR
           
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW



              On February 28, 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, concerning the housing accommodation known as 979 42 Street, 
          Apartment 2, Brooklyn, New York.  

              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 adjustments for the period January 1, 1986 through 
          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 oil during the calendar year 
          1985.

              On appeal, the landlord states, in substance, that the tenant 
          was served with the 1986 Fuel Cost Adjustment and received rent 
          reduction and full credit for the months he overpaid.

              After a careful consideration of the entire evidence of record 
          the Commissioner is of the opinion that the administrative appeal 












          Docket No. DB210202RO

          should be denied.

              9NYCRR 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 the price of 
          Brooklyn Union Gas "Non-Interruptible" Gas had declined during 
          1985.  The subject landlord was required to file and serve fuel 
          cost decrease reports on or before May 14, 1986.

              A review 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, the Commissioner is of the opinion the Rent 
          Administrator correctly suspended Fuel Cost Adjustments for the 
          calendar year 1986.

              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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