Docket No. DC230208RO
                                    STATE OF NEW YORK 
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: DC230208RO  

                                                  DISTRICT RENT             
          Joseph Ansbacher                        ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: AK220074FR


              On March 3, 1989 the above named petitioner-landlord timely 
          refiled an appeal in accordance with the applicable provisions of 
          the City Rent Law and Regulations against an order issued on 
          January 26, 1989 by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, 
          Jamaica, New York, concerning the housing accommodation known as 
          7609 21st Avenue, Apartments 2F, 3F, 3R, 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 during the calendar year 

              On appeal, the landlord states, in substance, that the fuel 
          passalong forms were filed and a decrease in rent was reflected in 
          the monthly rent charged to the tenants.  A copy of the report was 
          submitted on appeal.  In addition the owner states, that the Notice 
          of Commencement of Proceeding to Suspend and Revoke Fuel Cost 
          Adjustment 1986 and the Order of Suspension and Revocation was 
          mailed to the old address, the new address was filed with the DHCR.

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

          Docket No. DC230208RO

          should be denied.

              At the outset, the Commissioner notes that the owner was not 
          prejudiced by the incorrectly addressed order.  The only issue to 
          be resolved is whether the required fuel cost decrease report was 
          timely filed.

              9NYCRR 2202.13e 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 
          Brooklyn Union "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 November 10, 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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