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

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: DK620309RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT OFFICE
                                                  DOCKET NO.: BH620066FR
                   CHRISTOS PANTELIAS                               


               On November 16, 1989 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 October 13, 
          1989 by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, New 
          York Rent Office, concerning the housing accommodations known as 
          5824 Broadway, Apt. 5D, Bronx, New York.

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

               The Rent Administrator's order appealed herein suspended all 
          fuel cost adjustments for the period January 1, 1987 through 
          December 31, 1987.

               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 #4 
          oil during the calendar year 1986.

               On appeal, the landlord states, in substance, that he is a new 
          landlord and was not aware he had to file a form for a decrease in 
          fuel price.  Rent Control did not send a form to file.

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

          ADM. APPEAL DOCKET NO.: DK620309RO

               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 1987, a finding was promulgated that the price of #4 
          fuel oil had declined during 1986.  The subject landlord was 
          required to file and serve fuel cost decrease report on or before 
          July 31, 1987.

               Ignorance of the filing requirements of the Fuel Cost 
          Adjustment does not excuse the failure to file and there is no 
          requirement that DHCR advise landlords on an individual basis of 
          the necessity to file.  Landlords are required to obtain the forms 
          from the DHCR.  

               A review of the record reveals the landlord filed the fuel 
          cost report in 1986 for an increase in #4 oil.

               In this matter it is undisputed that a "Landlord's Report, 
          Certification and Notice of Fuel Cost Adjustment Eligibility-1987" 
          was not received by the Rent Office on or before July 31, 1987.

               The Commissioner is of the opinion the Rent Administrator 
          correctly suspended Fuel Cost Adjustments for the calendar year 

               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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