STATE OF NEW YORK 
                                OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: DC220198RO

               ANIS KHAN                          DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: AK220138FR


               On March 9, 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 10, 
          1989 by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, NY, 
          concerning the housing accommodation known as 167 Greenpoint 
          Avenue, Apt. 2R, Brooklyn, N.Y.

               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 during the calendar year 

               On appeal, the landlord states, in substance, that he did not 
          file the Fuel Cost Adjustment Report before May 14, 1986, because 
          as he remembers he received the fuel form on or about May 14, 1986, 
          if he had received the forms earlier he would have filed timely.  
          In addition, the owner states, the Fuel Cost Adjustment Report did 
          not state that the Report should not be filed after May 14, 1986.  
          The owner was not aware that the time had expired.

          ADM. APPEAL DOCKET NO.: DC220198RO 

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

               9NYCRR2202.13 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 

               The Commissioner notes the fact that in 1986 a Special Notice 
          was issued informing the owner that the fuel price changes in 1985 
          were previously incorrectly stated, and the correct price changes 
          were stated in the Special Notice.  Furthermore, the Notice stated 
          that if the owner filed the Fuel Cost Report with the DHCR by May 
          14, 1986, the owner could not file the Report thereafter.  

               Furthermore, the Commissioner notes that the 1986 Fuel Cost 
          Adjustment Report did in fact state that the Report must be filed 
          with the DHCR on or before May 14, 1986.

               In this matter it is undisputed that a "Landlord's Report 
          Certification and Notice of Fuel Cost Adjustment Eligibility-1986 
          was not served on the tenant or received by the Rent Office on or 
          before May 14, 1986.

               Accordingly, the Commissioner is of the opinion that 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.


                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner       

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