Docket No. EL530058RO
                                    STATE OF NEW YORK 
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: EL530058RO  

                                                  DISTRICT RENT             
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
          Ralph Langsam Assoc. Inc.               NO.: BH528599FR


          On December 6, 1990 the above named petitioner filed an appeal in 
          accordance with the applicable provisions of the City Rent Law and 
          Regulations against an order issued on November 20, 1990 by the 
          Rent Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, New York Rent 
          Office, concerning the housing accommodation known as 47 Arden 
          Street, Various Apartments, New York, 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 on February 2, 
          1986 as a result of a moderate rehabilitation under Article 15 of 
          the Private Housing Finance Law all rent controlled tenants status 
          were changed to rent stabilized.  Therefore, no fuel cost findings 
          were required.

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

          9NYCRR 2202.13 provides that where a landlord has obtained fuel 

          Docket No. EL530058RO

          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 reports on or before July 31, 

          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 owner failed to submit documentary evidence to the Division in 
          connection with the moderate rehabilitation and the status change 
          of the subject tenants.

          The Commissioner notes that the Administrator's order required the 
          landlord to refund money to the tenant only if a fuel cost 
          adjustment increase was actually collected.  The Commissioner 
          further notes that it is implied in the Administrator's order that 
          if the owner did not collect any fuel cost adjustment for the 
          period covered by the order then no refund by the owner was 
          required by the order.  Therefore, the owner was not aggrieved by 
          the order under appeal.

          Accordingly, the Commissioner is of the opinion the Rent 
          Administrator 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, 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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