Docket No. ED230040RO
                                 STATE OF NEW YORK 
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: ED230040RO

                                                  DRO DOCKET NO.:
          Neil Peters                             BH221785FR



          On April 6, 1990 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 March 13, 1990 
          by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, New York 
          Rent Office, concerning the housing accommodation known as 1822 
          Bayridge Avenue, Apartment 3R, Brooklyn, 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 #2 oil during 
          the calendar year 1986.

          On appeal, the landlord states, in substance, that the building 
          does not use #2 oil.  Instead, the landlord alleges the subject 
          building used gas supplied by Brooklyn Union Gas for the time 
          period in question.

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

          NYCRR 2202.13 provides that where a landlord has obtained fuel cost 

          Docket No. ED230040RO

          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 decrease.

          In early 1987, a finding was promulgated that the price of Brooklyn 
          Union Gas had declined during 1986.  The subject landlord was 
          required to file and serve fuel cost decrease reports on or before 
          July 31, 1987.  The Suspension Procedure is initiated by the 
          Division whenever an owner fails to timely file a notice of fuel 
          cost decrease.

          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.

          However, as the owner did submit proof that the subject property 
          has been using Brooklyn Union Gas since 1981 the Commissioner finds 
          that the Administrator's Order should be modified to show that the 
          fuel involved was Brooklyn Union Gas and that the per room decrease 
          was $1.56.  The Commissioner notes that the owner alleged before 
          the Administrator that no fuel cost adjustments were filed for 
          since 1984.  It is implied in the Administrator's order that if no 
          fuel cost adjustments were collected in 1987 then no refund was 
          necessary for that year.

          Accordingly, the Commissioner is of the opinion the Rent 
          Administrator, as modified herein, correctly suspended Fuel Cost 
          Adjustments for the calendar year 1987.

          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, granted in part, and that the order of the Rent Administrator 
          be, and the same hereby is, affirmed, as modified herein.


                                             Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                             Deputy Commissioner

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