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Rent freeze for seniors

Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) | NYC Department of Finance / NYC Housing Preservation and Development

1. How it Works

SCRIE helps eligible senior citizens stay in affordable housing with a rent freeze. If their rent goes up, people with SCRIE do not have to pay the higher rent. The City pays the landlord the difference between the current rent and the future rent.

  • Once you apply, it takes 10 – 15 days to hear back
  • You can qualify for SCRIE even if you have not filed your taxes
  • Senior citizens who own homes, condominiums or private non-government supervised co-ops may be eligible for the SCRIE
  • You will need to send documents. Never mail your original documents, just copies
  • You do not need your landlord’s permission to apply
  • Apply by mail or by phone
  • The NYC Rent Freeze program also includes Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE)

2. Determine your eligibility

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

  • Are you 62 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?
  • Do you live in NYC in one of these types of housing?
    • a rent stabilized apartment
    • a rent controlled apartment
    • a rent regulated hotel or single room occupancy unit
    • a Mitchell-Lama development
    • a Limited Dividend Housing Company development
    • a Redevelopment Company development
    • a Housing Development Fund Company development

Take a short survey to see if you might be eligible for this or 30 other programs.

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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

For each person applying, any one document:

  • Driver license or official photo ID
  • 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 birth records
  • Official school records
  • Other official record showing birth date
  • Adoption records

Proof of where you live

Proof of Household Income

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply by mail

  1. Download the application and fill it out. You can also pick one up from the SCRIE Walk-In Center or call 311 to request an application be mailed to you.
  2. Mail your completed and signed application along with the supporting documents to:
    Rent Freeze Program – SCRIE
    P.O. Box 3179
    Union, NJ 07083
  3. People who live in Mitchell-Lama or Redevelopment Company development should email their application and documents to

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Apply by phone

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the SCRIE website to learn more about this program.

Review the Rent Freeze Program (SCRIE and DRIE) and COVID-19 frequently asked questions.


Email SCRIE for more information.

Email HPD if you live in Mitchell-Lama or Redevelopment Company development for more information.

Call 311

Ask for a SCRIE specialist.

Call SCRIE using TTY

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

Last Updated Wednesday, September 22nd, 9:19am

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