ADM. APPEAL DOCKET NO.: DH220049RO
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK 
                      DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
                                OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433


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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE     ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL
          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: DH220049RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: AK221103FR
             MAXEM REALTY CO.
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

               On August 7, 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 June 16, 1989 by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz 
          Plaza, Jamaica, New York Rent Office, concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 1620 Avenue I, Various Apartments, 
          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 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 #6 
          oil during the calendar year 1985.

               On appeal, the landlord states, in substance, that the Fuel 
          Cost Report was filed in a timely fashion.  A copy of the report 
          date-stamped by the DHCR was submitted on appeal.  The landlord 
          also states its petition should be deemed timely as it was not 
          served with a copy of the Administrator's order.

               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.: DH220049RO

               Under the provisions of 9 NYCRR 2202.13e, 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 #6 
          fuel oil 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 the required Landlord's 
          Report, Certification and Notice of Fuel Cost Adjustment 
          Eligibility-1986 was received by the Rent Office on May 13, 1986.  
          Therefore, the Commissioner finds that the fuel cost adjustment 
          should not have been suspended for the calendar year 1986.

               Regarding the other issue raised in the landlord's petition, 
          the petition is deemed timely.  A review of the record reveals the 
          owner notified the Agency of their new address in 1987, i.e., 
          before the Order of Suspension was issued.  Nevertheless, the order 
          appealed herein was sent to the owner's old address.

               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 $2.79 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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