The NYC Rent Freeze Program helps eligible New Yorkers stay in affordable housing by freezing their rent. The program includes the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program and the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program.
- 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, by phone, or in person
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
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