ADM. APPEAL DOCKET NO. DI630178RO
                                  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.: DI630178RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: AK622908FR
              CARMINE TABACCO
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION GRANTING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

               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 July 25, 1989 
          by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, New York 
          Rent Office, concerning the housing accommodations known as 1030 
          Boynton Avenue, Apartments 2D, 2H, 3G, Bronx, 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 he did file 
          not one, but two timely fuel reports, reducing the fuel cost 
          adjustment; the original one on May 14, 1986 and the second filing 
          on August 29, 1986 because the DHCR misstated the price changes for 
          1985.  In addition, the three tenants were properly notified on 
          both occasions.  A copy of the report was submitted on appeal.

               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. DI630178RO

               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 #4 
          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.

               The Commissioner notes the fact that in 1986 a Special Notice 
          was issued informing the owners that the fuel price changes in 1985 
          were previously incorrectly stated for 6 specified fuels, not 
          including #6 oil, and the correct price changes were stated in the 
          Special Notice.  Furthermore, the Notice stated that for owners 
          using fuel types other than the 6 specified fuels no extensions 
          were granted beyond May 14, 1986.

               A review of the record reveals that the "Landlord's Report, 
          Certification and Notice of Fuel Cost Adjustment Eligibility-1986" 
          was post-marked on May 14, 1986, making the filing of the report 
          timely.  Therefore, the Commissioner finds that the fuel cost 
          adjustments 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, 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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