Rent freeze for people with disabilities

Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) | NYC Department of Finance / NYC Housing Preservation and Development

1. How it Works

DRIE provides a rent freeze to tenants with disabilities. If their rent goes up, tenants with DRIE do not have to pay the higher rate. The City pays the the difference between the current and future rent.

  • Once applied, it takes 6-10 weeks to hear back
  • You are not required to file taxes to qualify for DRIE
  • You will need to send documents. Never mail your original documents, just copies
  • You do not need your landlord’s permission to apply
  • Apply online, by mail, or in person

More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit DRIE website to learn more about this program.

Email DRIE

Email DRIE for more information.

Call 311

Ask for DRIE specialists.

Call DRIE using TTY

Call 212-639-9675 if you have a hard time hearing.

Visit DRIE walk-in center

66 John St, 3rd Flr
New York, NY, 10038
Open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m

2. Determine your eligibility

To be eligible for DRIE, you should be able to answer “Yes” to all of these questions:

  • Are you 18 years old or older?
  • Is your name on the lease?
  • Is your combined household income $50,000 or less in a year?
  • Do you spend more than one-third of your monthly income on rent?
  • Did you have income from the following benefits?
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Federal Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
    • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability pension or compensation
    • Disability-related Medicaid if you have received either SSI or SSDI in the past
  • Do you live in NYC in one of these types of housing?
    • a rent stabilized apartment
    • a rent controlled apartment
    • a Mitchell-Lama development
    • a Limited Dividend development
    • a redevelopment company development
    • a Housing Development Fund Company (HDFC) Cooperative development
    • a Section 213 Cooperative unit
    • a rent regulated hotel or single room occupancy unit

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3. What you need to include

It’s important to include the right documents when you apply. Your documents show whether the program is right for you.

This page can help you choose the right documents for your application.

Proof of who you are

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For each person applying, any one document:

  • Driver license or official photo ID
  • IDNYC
  • Birth certificate
  • Baptismal or another religious certificate
  • Passport
  • Social Security Card for dependents
  • Social Security Card or ITIN
  • Marriage records
  • Medicaid card
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Official hospital or birth records
  • Official school records
  • Other official record showing birth date
  • Adoption records

Proof of where you live

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For the household, a copy of all that apply:

For Rent Stabilized Apartment

  • Leases – The prior and current one or two-year lease signed by you and your landlord
  • Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) or 80/20 or 60/40 rider (if applicable) or DHCR Rent History
  • Preferential rent rider (if applicable)
  • DHCR approved MCI (Major Capital Improvement) order

For Rent Controlled Apartment (a copy of all of these)

  • Notice of Maximum Collectible Rent (Form # RN – 26) for current year
  • Notice of Maximum Collectible Rent (Form # RN – 26) for prior year
  • Owner’s report and Certification of Fuel Cost Adjustment (form # RA33.10) for prior and current year

For Rent Regulated Hotel Unit (send a copy of all that apply)

  • DHCR annual apartment registration for prior and current year
  • Signed Rent increase letter from the Management or Owner
  • DHCR Rent History
  • DHCR approved MCI (Major Capital Improvement) order

For Mitchell-Lama Limited Dividend Redevelopment (a copy of all of these)

  • A rent printout or letter from your management office specifying the start date and the amount of the prior and current rent increase
  • Capital Assessment document
  • Affidavit of Household Income for the prior year
  • Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) or Division of Housing & Community Renewal (DHCR) Commissioner’s Order

For Housing Development Fund Company (HDFC) 

  • A Notice of Rent / Carrying Charge Increase signed by the HDFC Management
  • Signed renewal lease (if applicable)

Proof of your income

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For each income source of each income earner, any one document:

Wages & Salary

  • W2
  • Income tax return

Self-employment

  • 1099-G
  • Award letter or certificate
  • Correspondence from NYS Department of Labor

Cash Assistance grant

  • Cash Assistance budget statement

Unemployment Income

  • Award letter or certificate
  • Current benefit check

Social Security benefits (SSI, Dependent, Disability, Survivor’s, Retirement)

  • Correspondence from Social Security Administration showing the benefit amount paid in the prior calendar year (e.g. Notice of Change in Payment for SSI benefit, or SSA-1099 SSDI benefit)

Veteran’s Benefits

  • Correspondence from Veteran’s Administration showing the disability pension or compensation amount paid in the prior calendar year

Pensions, Annuities, or IRA

  • 1099-R,
  • Statement from pension or annuity

Interest, Dividends, Royalties

  • 1099-DIV
  • 1099-INT
  • Statement from bank, credit union, or financial institution

Support from other family members

  • Signed letter from friend/family stating amount of monetary assistance

Other income

  • Signed letter from boarder stating rental payments

Proof of your disability status

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For each person with a disability, any one document:

  • Copy of the Social Security or VA disability award letter

Proof of student status

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For any non-working student, any one document:

  • Student status letter for any non-working studnets living in the household

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

SCRIE/DRIE online applications are temporarily unavailable while we work on a new and improved application. Please use the forms or walk-in location to apply.

Apply by mail

  1. Print a paper application, pick one up from DRIE Walk-In Center: 66 John St, 3rd Flr New York, NY, 10038 (Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m), or call 311 to request a paper application form mailed to you.
  2. Mail the application to:
    New York City Department of Finance, DRIE Unit
    59 Maiden Ln, 22nd Floor
    New York, NY, 10038

Applications forms are available in Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. Forms in Bengali are available from the ce nter or 311.

Download the form

Apply by phone

If you live in a Housing Development Fund Company (HDFC) apartment or Mitchell-Lama apartment, call HPD at 212-863-8494 to apply.

Apply in person

  1. Print a paper application, pick one up from DRIE walk-in center at 66 John St, 3rd Flr New York, NY, 10038 (Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m ), or call 311 to request a paper application form mailed to you
  2. Complete your DRIE application and take it to:
    DRIE Walk-In Center
    66 John St, 3rd Flr
    New York, NY, 10038
    Open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit DRIE website to learn more about this program.

Email DRIE

Email DRIE for more information.

Call 311

Ask for DRIE specialists.

Call DRIE using TTY

Call 212-639-9675 if you have a hard time hearing.

Visit DRIE walk-in center

66 John St, 3rd Flr
New York, NY, 10038
Open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m

Updated January 16, 2018