Docket No. FE 130228-RO
                                    STATE OF NEW YORK 
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO. FE 130228-RO

                                                  DISTRICT RENT
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
          Frank Evangelista                       NO. BH 121255-FR


              The above-named landlord timely filed a petition for 
          administrative review, dated April 16, 1991, of an order issued on 
          February 20, 1991 by a District Rent Administrator concerning 
          various apartments located at 59-28 56th Street, Maspeth, New York.

              The issue in this proceeding is whether the Administrator was 
          warranted in suspending and revoking the total accumulated fuel 
          cost rent adjustment for 1987.

              On February 20, 1991, the Rent Administrator issued an "Order 
          of Suspension and Revocation of Fuel Cost Adjustment (FCA) 1987."  
          The Administrator found that the owner who previously obtained a 
          fuel cost increase rent adjustment, failed to file a timely report 
          of fuel cost price decrease, within 60 days of promulgation of the 
          calculated decrease.  The Administrator's order revoked the total 
          accumulated fuel cost rent adjustment, effective January 1, 1987 
          through December 31, 1987.

              The landlord's petition states that:  "The petitioner was not 
          the owner of said premises, he purchased same on 6/17/88 from 
          B & R Investors Corp., and this is the first notification that he 
          has received concerning any fuel increases and he would like the 
          same reviewed and reversed in that the tenant is withholding rent."

              After careful consideration, the Commissioner is of the opinion 
          that the landlord's petition should be denied.

              The Commissioner notes that the landlord does not raise any 
          issues which would warrant the Administrator's order to be modified 
          or revoked.

              The pertinent portion of the Administrator's order merely 
          pointed out that the landlord did not file a timely report of fuel 
          cost price decrease, and therefore the landlord would not be 

          Docket No. FE 130228-RO

          entitled to collect a fuel cost rent adjustment for the applicable 
          time period, followed by a resumption of collectibility in a 
          reduced amount.  The Commissioner further notes that if the tenant 
          were withholding rent during the applicable time period, then the 
          landlord would not have to refund any money to the tenant.

              The Commissioner finds that the fact that the subject landlord 
          had acquired the subject building in 1988 does not excuse it from 
          following the administrator's determination, because a new landlord 
          steps into the shoes of the former landlord, and therefore the 
          petitioner is required to refund or credit any fuel cost allowance 
          increase paid by the subject tenants, as noted in the 
          Administrator's order.

              Accordingly, the Commissioner finds that the Administrator's 
          order should be affirmed.

              THEREFORE, in accordance with the City Rent and Rehabilitation 
          Law and the Rent and Eviction Regulations, it is

              ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby is, denied, 
          and that the Rent Administrator's order be, and the same hereby is, 


                                             Joseph A. D'Agosta
                                             Acting Deputy Commissioner

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