Docket No. FG630058RO

                                    STATE OF NEW YORK 
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                              JAMAICA, NEW YORK  11433

          APPEAL OF                               DOCKET NO.: FF230248RO 

                                                  DISTRICT RENT             
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
          George A. Jensen                        NO.: DD220079FR


              On June 21, 1991 the above named petitioner-landlord filed an 
          appeal in accordance with the applicable provisions of the City 
          Rent Law and Regulations against an order issued on June 11, 1991 
          by the Rent Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, New York 
          Rent Office, concerning the housing accommodation known as 851 Bay 
          Ridge Avenue, Various Apartments, Brooklyn, New York.

              The issue in this proceeding is whether Fuel Cost Adjustments 
          should have been suspended for the calendar year 1989.

              The Rent Administrator's order appealed herein suspended all 
          fuel cost adjustments for the period January 1, 1989 through 
          December 31, 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 #2 
          oil during the calendar year 1988.

              On appeal, the landlord states, in substance that the fuel cost 
          adjustment was never applied for during the affected period.

              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 cost 
          adjustments and then there is a finding of fuel price decrease, 
          within 60 days of the promulgation of the finding on fuel prices, 

          Docket No. FG630058RO

          the landlord must serve and file a report of fuel price decrease.

              In early 1989, a finding was promulgated that the price of #2 
          fuel oil had declined during 1988.   The subject landlord was 
          required to file and serve fuel cost decrease reports on or before 
          March 31, 1989.

              A review of the record reveals that the "Landlords' Report, 
          Certification and Notice of Fuel Cost Adjustment Eligibility-1989" 
          was not received by the Rent Office until March 31, 1989.

              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 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 1989.

              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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