FD 130255 RO
                                  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 REVIEW 
          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: FD 130255 RO

                   ZANNIS RAISSIS,
                                                  DRO DOCKET NO.: CH 120160 FR

                                  PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


          On April 23, 1991 the above-named  petitioner-landlord  filed  an
          appeal against an order issued on March 19, 1991,  by  the  Gertz
          Plaza Rent Office, concerning the housing accommodation known  as
          34-02 36th Avenue, Long Island City, New York, Apartment Nos. 1A, 
          1B, 2B and 3B. 

          The issue in this proceeding is  whether  Fuel  Cost  Adjustments
          should have been suspended for the calendar year 1988.

          The Rent Administrator's order, appealed  herein,  suspended  all
          fuel cost adjustments for the period January 1, 1988  -  December
          31, 1988 and reinstated  same  in  a  reduced  amount,  effective
          January 1, 1989.

          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 gas  during
          the calendar year 1987.

          On appeal, the petitioner-landlord urges, in substance, that this 
          Administrator's order should be reversed since all  tenants  were
          served in a timely manner.

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

          The applicable  provisions  of  the  Rent  Regulations,  9  NYCRR
          2202.13, provide 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 1988 a finding was promulgated that the price of gas - (Lilco) 
          had declined during 1987.  Therefore, the  subject  landlord  was
          required to file and serve  fuel  cost  decrease  reports  on  or






          FD 130255 RO
          before August 29, 1988.

          In this regard the record in the proceeding below discloses  that
          by notice dated February 6, 1991 the landlord  was  afforded  the
          opportunity to establish the proper filing of a  1988  Landlord's
          Report,  Certification  and  Notice  of  Fuel   Cost   Adjustment
          Eligibility  by  the  submission  of,  among  other   things,   a
          photocopy of the fuel cost report and schedule  with  the  filing
          date stamped by the Division of  Housing  and  Community  Renewal
          (DHCR) or an affidavit signed by  the  affected  tenants  stating
          that they were served a timely report.  The landlord's submission 
          of a 1987 monthly schedule in response  thereto  without  a  DHCR
          stamped receipt and without a copy of the  Landlord's  Fuel  Cost
          Report and Certification was  inadequate  to  meet  the  required
          burden of proof.

          The  Commissioner  is  of  the  opinion  the  Rent  Administrator
          correctly suspended Fuel Cost Adjustments for the  calendar  year
          1988.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with the  provisions  of  the  Rent  and
          Eviction Regulations for New York City, Chapter 403, Laws of 1983 
          as amended by Chapter 102, Laws of 1984 and Operational  Bulletin
          84-1, it is

          ORDERED, that this petition for administrative review be, and the 
          same  hereby  is,  denied;  and  that  the  order  of  the   Rent
          Administrator be, and the same hereby is, affirmed.




          ISSUED:
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                                                  JOSEPH A. D'AGOSTA
                                                  Deputy Commissioner
           
             
                                          
    

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