DOCKET NO.: DD220180RO
                                 STATE OF NEW YORK
                      DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                               JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11433



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        IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE   :
        APPEAL OF                                 ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL
                                              :   DOCKET NO. DD220180RO
                                                  DRO DOCKET NO. AK220330FR
               WILFRED BAYNES,                :
                                              
                               PETITIONER     :
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

        On April 13, 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 14, 
        1989 by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, New York 
        Rent Office, concerning the housing accommodation known as 226 Moffat 
        Street, Apts. 1R, 2R, Brooklyn, New York.                   

        The issue in this proceeding is whether the 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 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 during the calendar year 1985.

        On appeal, the landlord states, in substance, that on May 12, 1986, the 
        rent office received the fuel cost adjustment forms.  On August 22, 
        1986 revised fuel cost form were filed due to an error in the 
        computations.  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 administrative appeal should be 
        granted.

        Under the provisions of 9 NYCRR 2202.13e, where a landlord has obtained 
        fuel cost adjustments and than 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-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.
         






          DOCKET NO.: DD220180RO

        A review of the record reveals the owner filed the required fuel cost 
        report on May 12, 1986.  The Commissioner notes that a Special Notice 
        was mailed to owners explaining a change in six types of heating fuel 
        used in 1985.  Owner's who use Brooklyn Union "Non-Interruptible" Gas 
        and filed with the DHCR on or before May 14, 1986 were required to file 
        again to reflect the change.  The refiling was extended to September 3, 
        1986.  The refiled report was received by the Division on August 20, 
        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 $6.17 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 payments.

        ISSUED:



                                                                              
                                                   JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                   Deputy Commissioner
    

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