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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: DE220184RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT OFFICE
                                                  DOCKET NO.: AK220222FR
                   JOHN P. LOCONSOLO


               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 March 27, 1989 by the Rent 
          Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, New York Rent Office, 
          concerning the housing accommodation known as 9747 Shore Road, 
          Various Apts., 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 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 proper 
          forms were finally mailed to the owner on July 10, 1986, after many 
          repeated requests.  All forms were mailed on August 28, 1986 in 
          plenty of time to meet the deadline of September 3, 1986.  All 
          tenants received a decrease in their rent.  A copy of the report 
          was submitted on appeal.  The copy bears no date-stamp showing when 
          or if it was received by the Division.

          ADM. APPEAL DOCKET NO.: DE220184RO

               9 NYCRR 2202.13 provides that where a landlord has obtained 
          fuel cost adjustments and then there is a finding of the fuel price 
          decrease, within 60 days of the promulgation of the finding of 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 report on or before May 14, 1986.

               In this matter it is undisputed that a "Landlord's Report, 
          Certification and Notice of Fuel Cost Adjustment Eligibility-1986" 
          was not received by the Rent Office on or before May 14, 1986.

               [The Commissioner notes that the Fuel Cost Adjustment figures 
          for the previous year are available from the Division each March.  
          The Division does not individually inform each owner.  The figures 
          are also published in the City Record.]

               The allegation that the proper forms were finally mailed and 
          received on July 10, 1986 is insufficient to reverse or modify the 
          Administrator's order.  The burden is on the owner to timely obtain 
          the required forms.

               The Commissioner further notes the owner's allegation that all 
          forms were mailed on August 28, 1986 in plenty of time to meet the 
          deadline of September 3, 1986.  That deadline did not apply to 
          owners who used Brooklyn Union "Non-Interruptible" Gas but did not 
          timely file with the Division 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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