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Property tax break for senior homeowners

Senior Citizen Homeowners' Exemption (SCHE) | NYC Department of Finance (DOF)

1. How it Works

SCHE lowers the property taxes of seniors who own one to three homes, condos, or coop apartments and meet the income requirements.

  • Apply by March 15th for benefits to begin on July 1st of that year. If March 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the next business day.
  • Requires proof of age, income, and tax deduction.
  • If your property qualifies for SCHE and the Disabled Homeowners Exemption (DHE), you will only be granted SCHE. You cannot get both.
  • All owners of the property must be 65 or older unless the owners are spouses or siblings. If you own the property with a spouse or sibling, only one of you must be 65 or older.
  • Renew every two years by March 15. The Department of Finance will send you a renewal application when it is time to renew. If you do not renew, your property taxes could increase significantly.

2. Determine your eligibility

To be eligible for SCHE, you should be able to answer yes to all of these questions:

  1. Are all owners of the property 65 or older? Or, if you own the property with a spouse or sibling, is one of you 65 or older?
  2. Is the property your primary residence?
  3. Is the combined income for all owners less than or equal to $58,399?
    • Income does NOT include SSI or Cash Assistance benefits.
  4. Have you owned your property for at least 12 continuous months?

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3. How to Apply

3. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

Apply online by March 15th for benefits to begin on July 1st. If March 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the next business day.

If you live in a co-op, apply using the SCHE co-ops application.

When applying, you will need the borough, block, and lot (BBL) for your home. Use the Property Address Search to get this information.

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Apply by mail

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More ways to get help with this program

Contact DOF

Send a message at nyc,gov/contactdof

Visit the website

Visit the SCHE website to learn more.

Call 311

Ask for Senior Citizen Homeowners’ Exemption program.

Call SCHE

Call 212-NEW-YORK. For TTY or Text Telephone, call 212-639-9675

Last Updated Wednesday, August 3rd, 4:45pm

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