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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NOS.: DI220335RO,  
               ANIS KHAN                          DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NOS.: AK220459FR, 
          ------------------------------------X   Tenant: Antonio Lopez


               These petitions have been consolidated as they involve common 
          issues of law and fact.  The above named petitioner filed timely 
          Petitions for Administrative Review against orders issued on May 
          15, 1989 and April 26, 1990, by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz 
          Plaza, Jamaica, New York, concerning housing accommodations known 
          as 72 Greenpoint Avenue, Apt. 1st Fl., Brooklyn, New York.

               The issue in this proceeding is whether Fuel Cost Adjustments 
          should have been suspended for the calendar years 1986 and 1987.

               The Rent Administrator's orders appealed herein suspended all 
          Fuel cost adjustments for the period January 1, 1986 through 
          December 31, 1986 and January 1, 1987 through December 31, 1987.

               These orders 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 years 
          1985 and 1986.

               On appeal, the landlord states, in substance, that in 1984 he 
          came to know that the subject tenant took possession of the subject 
          premises as an employee of the previous landlord.  After learning 
          this, the landlord stopped filing the Fuel Cost Adjustments for the 
          subject tenant, and registered the subject apartment with the DHCR 
          as a Rent Stabilized apartment.  Accordingly, the landlord implies 
          the apartment is not subject to Fuel Cost Adjustments.  In 
          addition, the landlord states, that the subject tenant failed to 
          provide a lease or rent receipts prior to October 1973.

          ADM. REVIEW DOCKET NOS.: DI220335RO, EE220349RO

               After a careful consideration of the entire evidence of 
          record, the Commissioner is of the opinion that the administrative 
          appeals should be denied.

               9NYCRR 2202.13 provides that where a landlord has obtained 
          fuel cost adjustment and then there is a finding of fuel price 
          decrease, within 60 days of the promulgation of the finding on fuel 
          prices, the landlord must serve and file a report of Fuel Price 

               In early 1986 and 1987, findings were promulgated that the 
          price of Brooklyn Union "Non-Interruptible" Gas had declined during 
          1985 and 1986.  The subject landlord was required to file and serve 
          fuel cost decrease report on or before May 14, 1986 and July 31, 
          1987.  It is undisputed that no such filings took place.  The 
          Suspension Procedure is initiated by the Division whenever an owner 
          fails to timely file a notice of Fuel decrease.

               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 orders then no refund by the owner was 
          required by the order.  Accordingly, the owner was not adversely 
          affected by the Administrator's order if it is true that no Fuel 
          Cost Adjustments were collected from these tenants for the years in 

               A review of the record reveals that from 1980 through 1984 the 
          landlord did file the Fuel Cost Adjustment Report for the subject 

               This Order is without prejudice to the right of either party 
          to commence a separate proceeding to determine the status of the 
          subject apartment.

               THEREFORE, in accordance with the applicable provisions of the 
          Rent and Eviction Regulations for New York City, it is 

               ORDERED, that these administrative appeals be, and the same 
          hereby are, denied, and that the orders of the Rent Administrator 
          be, and the same hereby are, affirmed.

                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA          
                                             Deputy Commissioner

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