ADM. APPEAL DOCKET NUMBER: EE220468RO, et al.

                                  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 NOS.: EE220468RO,
                                                  EE230199RO and EE230467RO
                                                  
                                                  DISTRICT RENT
                                                  OFFICE DOCKET NOS.:
                JOHN MAURO                        BH223296FR, BH223307FR and
                                                  BH223294FR
                                   PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

               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 April 
          26, 1990, by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, 
          New York, concerning housing accommodations known as 115, 105, 111 
          Greenpoint Avenue, Various apartments, Brooklyn, New York.

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

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

               These orders were based upon a finding that the owner of the 
          subject buildings had previously obtained allowable fuel cost 
          adjustments and failed to timely serve and file the required 
          reports of fuel cost decrease by reason of a decrease in the price 
          of #4 oil and gas during the calendar year 1986.

               On appeal, the landlord states, in substance, that on April 3, 
          1990 a letter was mailed to the DHCR requesting an extension 
          regarding proposed Fuel Cost Suspension.  In addition, the owner 
          stated, that he had to obtain affidavits from the affected rent 
          control tenants.

               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 NUMBER: EE220468RO, et al.

               9 NYCRR 2202.13 provides that 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 
          prices, 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 and gas had declined during 1985.  The subject landlord 
          was required to file and serve fuel cost decrease reports on or 
          before July 31, 1987.

               In response to the owner's appeal, all but one tenant withdrew 
          their affidavits wherein they had stated that the owner had 
          informed them of the fuel cost decrease.  The tenant who didn't do 
          so filed an answer in opposition to the owner's appeal.  
          Accordingly, the affidavits have no credibility in this case and 
          therefore the owner has failed to prove timely service.  It is 
          undisputed that the required reports were not served on the DHCR.

               The Commissioner notes that there are no extensions for the 
          filing of the Fuel Cost Report.  The filing procedure is initiated 
          by the Division whenever an owner fails to timely file a notice of 
          Fuel decrease.

               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.

          ISSUED:



                                                                        
                                             JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                             Deputy Commissioner
    

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