2013 Fuel Cost Adjustments Released

The Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) has released the fuel cost adjustments (FCAs) applicable to calendar year 2013.  Increases were seen in #2 and #4 fuel oils and steam.  All other categories decreased in cost.  Owners of buildings with rent controlled apartments must serve each affected controlled tenant with a completed Form RA-33.10 and must electronically file the forms with the DHCR Rent Office on or before April 1, 2013.  Owners are not required to apply for the increase, but are obligated to apply for and reduce rents impacted by a decrease in fuel costs.  No rent increase for fuel costs for 2013 may be collected from a rent controlled tenant until the tenant and DHCR have been served with the completed Owner's Report, Certification and Notice of Fuel Cost Adjustment Eligibility (Form RA-33.10).  It is recommended to obtain and keep evidence of such service, such as an affidavit of service by mail together with a postmarked receipt for Certified Mail or Certificate of Mailing, or a dated statement signed by the tenant acknowledging receipt.
Paper applications will nto be accept by DHCR for the 2013 filing period. To file the form online, go to www.nysdhcr.gov/rent.  Under Online Services, click Owner's Report, Certification and Notice of Fuel Cost Adjustment Eligibility. If you require technical assistance or do not have access to a computer, call 718-262-7952.  In-person technical assistance is available by appointment only. The FCA report and filing instructions can also be found on the CHIP website, www.chipnyc.org in the Resources section under Fuel.