Docket No. EL430071RO
                                    STATE OF NEW YORK 
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: EL430071RO  

                                                  DISTRICT RENT             
          Grey Seal Realty Corp.                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
                                                  NO.: BH428413FR


               On December 8, 1990, 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 November 14, 1990 by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz 
          Plaza, Jamaica, New York Rent Office, concerning the housing 
          accommodations known as 594 Amsterdam Avenue, Apartments 2E, 3W, 
          5E, New York, 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 order appealed herein, suspended all 
          fuel cost adjustments for the period January 1, 1987 through 
          December 31, 1987.

               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 1987 the required report 
          of fuel cost decrease by reason of a decrease in the price of #6 
          oil during the calendar year 1986.

               On appeal, the landlord states, in substance, that the 1987 
          Fuel Cost Report was filed on June 26, 1987.  A copy of the Report, 
          date-stamped by the DHCR, 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.

               Under the provisions of 9NYCRR 2202.13e, where a landlord has 

          Docket No. EL430071RO

          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 #6 
          fuel oil had declined during 1987.  The subject landlord was 
          required to file and serve fuel cost decrease reports on or before 
          July 31, 1987.

               The record reveals that the required Landlord's Report, 
          Certification and Notice of Fuel Cost Adjustment Eligibility-1987 
          was received by the Rent Office on June 26, 1987.  Therefore, the 
          Commissioner finds that the fuel cost adjustment should not have 
          been suspended 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 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, 1987 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.


                                             Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                             Deputy Commissioner

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