ADM. APPEAL DOCKET NO.: DC130094RO
                                     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.: DC130094RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT OFFICE
             THEMISTOKLES THEODOSOPOULOS          DOCKET NO.: QC851238FR
                                                   
           
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

               On March 1, 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 11- 
          24 46th Avenue, Various Apartments, Queens, New York.

               The issue in this proceeding is whether the 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 the 
          boiler/burner at the subject building was replaced in late 1983 
          with a #4 oil burner and #6 fuel oil was not used for the entire 
          year of 1984.  Since the 1985 fuel cost increase allowed for #4 oil 
          was very small the owner didn't bother to file the 1985 Fuel Cost 
          adjustment.

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















          ADM. APPEAL DOCKET NO.: DC130094RO

               9 NYCRR 2202.13 provides that where a landlord has obtained 
          fuel cost adjustments and then there is a finding of the fuel price 
          decrease, within 60 days of the promulgation of the finding of fuel 
          prices, the landlord must serve and file a report of fuel price 
          decrease.

               The Commissioner notes the fact that the subject building's 
          boiler/burner was changed from #6 to #4 fuel oil in 1983.  In 
          addition it is also noted that in 1984 there was a very small 
          increase in the price of #4 fuel oil.  Owners are not obligated to 
          file for an increase.

               In early 1985, a finding was promulgated that the price of #6 
          fuel oil had declined during 1984.  However, since Division records 
          confirm that the landlord did not use #6 oil in 1984, the subject 
          landlord was not required to file and serve a fuel cost decrease 
          report.

               THEREFORE, in accordance with the applicable provisions of the 
          Rent and Eviction Regulations for New York City, it is 

               ORDERED, that the landlord's appeal be, and the same hereby 
          is, granted; that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same 
          hereby is, revoked; and that the monthly cumulative fuel cost 
          adjustment for the subject building as of January 1, 1985 is 
          reinstated in the amount of $4.47 per room, per month, and it is 

               FURTHER ORDERED, that the tenants may pay any arrears in rent 
          arising as a result of this order in twelve (12) equal monthly 
          payments.

          ISSUED:






                                                                            
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner 
    

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