Docket Nos. DF220339RO, DL220250RO
                                    STATE OF NEW YORK 
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NOS.: DF220339RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT             
          Francia N. Danosos                      ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: AK221168FR


          On June 26, 1989 the above named owner-petitioner filed two 
          petitions for Administrative Review against an order issued on June 
          19, 1989 by the Rent Administrator, 92-31 Union Hall Street, 
          Jamaica, New York, concerning the housing accommodations known as 
          Apartment 3, 536 Ovington Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.  One petition 
          received docket number DF220408RO and was rejected on December 6, 
          1989.  The other petition received docket number DF220339RO and is 
          herein under review.  On December 20, 1989 the owner timely refiled 
          the rejected petition, receiving docket number DL220250RO.  These 
          two appeals have been consolidated as they involve common issues of 
          law and fact.

          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 1985.

          In these petitions the owner contends that the Administrator's 
          order was incorrect and should be modified because the owner 
          neither collected the fuel cost increase nor applied for a fuel 
          cost rent adjustment.  (More specifically, the owner stated before 

          Docket Nos. DF220339RO, DL220250RO

          the Administrator that no fuel cost adjustment had been charged 
          since 1984.)

          After a careful consideration of the entire evidence of record the 
          Commissioner is of the opinion that these petitions should be 

          9NYCRR 2202.13 provides that where a landlord has obtained fuel 
          cost adjustments and then there is a finding of a 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 reports 
          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 Administrator's order required the 
          landlord to refund money to the tenant only if a fuel cost 
          adjustment increase was actually collected.  The Commissioner 
          further notes that it is implied in the Administrator's order that 
          if the owner did not collect any fuel cost adjustment for the 
          period covered by the order then no refund by the owner was 
          required by the order.  Therefore, if the owner did not collect the 
          fuel cost adjustment for the period covered by the order, the owner 
          was not aggrieved by the order 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 these petitions be, and the same hereby are, 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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