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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: DC230012RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
                                                  OFFICE DOCKET NO.:
                JEFRY REALTY


               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 January 30, 
          1989 by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, New 
          York, concerning the housing accommodation known as 130 Avenue P, 
          Apts. 1A, 1P, 2B, 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 #6 
          oil during the calendar year 1985.

               On appeal, the landlord states, in substance, that while 
          acknowledging that the fuel cost report was untimely (June 26, 1986 
          rather than May 14, 1986) the filing was made and the proper rent 
          adjustment/reduction were sent to each rent controlled tenant 
          retroactive to January 1986.  In addition since the DHCR made an 
          error in the original issued fuel passalong figures, owners were 
          subsequently given until September 3, 1986 to file.

               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.: DC230012RO

               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 

               In early 1986, a finding was promulgated that the price of #6 
          fuel oil had declined during 1985.  The subject landlord was 
          required to file and serve fuel cost decrease reports on or  before 
          May 14, 1986.

               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 for 6 specified fuels, not 
          including #6 oil, and the correct price changes were stated in the 
          Special Notice.  Furthermore, the Notice stated that for owners who 
          used fuel types other than the 6 specified fuels no extensions were 
          granted beyond the May 14, 1986 deadline.

               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 tenants or received by the Rent Office on or 
          before May 14, 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.


                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner


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