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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: DD220179RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: AK220327FR
                      IRVING SILVERMAN,


               On April 12, 1989, the above-named petitioner-landlord filed 
          an administrative appeal in accordance with the applicable 
          provisions of the City Rent Law and Regulations against an order 
          issued on March 8, 1989 by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz 
          Plaza, Jamaica, New York Rent Office, concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 70 Middagh Street, Apt. 3F, Brooklyn, New 

               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 on a finding that the landlord of the 
          subject building had previously obtained allowable fuel cost 
          adjustments and failed to timely file in 1986 the required report 
          of fuel cost decrease by reason of a decrease in the price of 
          Brooklyn Union "Non-Interruptible" Gas.

               On appeal, the landlord states, in substance, that the 1986 
          Fuel Cost report was filed in a timely manner.  In 1986 there was 
          a change in the Fuel Cost prices.  The report was refiled as per 
          the DHCR.  A copy of both reports were submitted on appeal.

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

          ADM. APPEAL DOCKET NO.: DD220179RO

               Under the provisions of 9 NYCRR 2202.12e, 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 price, the landlord must serve and file a report of fuel 
          price decrease.

               In early 1986 a finding was promulgated that the price of 
          Brooklyn Union "Non-Interrruptible" 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 the owner filed the fuel cost 
          report on April 24, 1986.  The Commissioner notes that a Special 
          Notice was mailed to owners explaining a change in six types of 
          heating fuel used in 1985.  Owners who use Brooklyn Union "Non- 
          Interruptible" Gas and filed with the DHCR on or before May 14, 
          1986 had to file again to reflect the change.  The pass-along was 
          extended to September 3, 1986.  The refiled report was received by 
          the Division on July 22, 1986.  Therefore, the Commissioner finds 
          that the Fuel Cost adjustment should not have been suspended 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 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, 1986 is 
          reinstated in the amount of $6.15 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 


                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner 

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