Docket No. DC230188RO
                                 STATE OF NEW YORK 
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: DC230188RO

                                                  DRO DOCKET NO.:
          Patricia Denman                         AK220159FR



              On March 16, 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 14, 
          1989 by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, New 
          York Rent Office, concerning the housing accommodation known as 982 
          Myrtle Avenue, Various Apartments, Brooklyn, New York 11206.

              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 his records 
          show no evidence of a fuel cost increase being granted.

              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 
          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 

          Docket No. DC230188RO


              In early 1986, a finding was promulgated that the price of 
          Brooklyn Union "Non-Interruptible" Gas 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.

              A review of the record reveals that the "Landlord's Report, 
          Certification and Notice of Fuel Cost Adjustment Eligibility-1986" 
          was not received by the Rent Office until May 27, 1986.

              The Commissioner notes that Division records indicate that the 
          subject building received a Fuel Cost Adjustment in 1980.  It was 
          suspended in 1981 and the landlord filed no reports until the 
          untimely 1986 report.  The Commissioner also notes that if the 
          owner did not collect a Fuel Cost Adjustment in 1986 then no refund 
          or rent reduction was required by the order herein under appeal.

              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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