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.: FG630058RO  

                                                  DISTRICT RENT             
                                                  ADMINISTRATOR'S DOCKET
          Cosmopolitan Realty                     NO.: ED620005FR


              On July 10, 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 July 7, 1991 by 
          the Rent Administrator of the Gertz Plaza, Jamaica, New York Rent 
          Office, concerning the housing accommodation known as 2319 Belmont 
          Avenue, Apartments 2E, 3B, 4E, Bronx, New York.

              The issue in this proceeding is whether Fuel Cost Adjustments 
          should have been suspended for the calendar year 1990.

              The Rent Administrator's order appealed herein suspended all 
          fuel cost adjustments for the period January 1, 1990 through 
          December 31, 1990.

              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 A Gas 
          'Interruptible' Con Edison during the calendar year 1990.

              On appeal, the landlord states, in substance that the tenants 
          were served with the Fuel Cost Adjustment Report.  A copy of the 
          fuel report signature sheet from the tenants was submitted on 

              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 
          with the DHCR.  Service on the tenants, while required, does not 
          relieve an owner of its obligation to timely file with the 

              In early 1990, a finding was promulgated that the price of Gas 
          "Interruptible" Con Edison had declined during 1990.  The subject 
          landlord was required to file and serve fuel cost decrease reports 
          on or before April 2, 1990.

              A review of the record reveals that the "Landlords' Report, 
          Certification and Notice of Fuel Cost Adjustment Eligibility-1990 
          was not received by the Rent Office until April 13, 1990.

              Accordingly, the Commissioner is of the opinion the Rent 
          Administrator correctly suspended Fuel Cost Adjustments for the 
          calendar year 1990.

              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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