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Rent freeze for seniors

Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) | NYC Department of Finance (DOF)

1. How it Works

SCRIE helps eligible senior citizens ages 62 and over stay in affordable housing by freezing their rent. Tenants pay the frozen rent. A property tax credit covers the difference between the actual rent amount and the frozen rent.

  • You can keep paying the same amount of rent in the future as you do now if you apply for SCRIE and renew on time.
  • Senior citizens who live in certain rentals or developments can qualify for SCRIE.
  • You can qualify for SCRIE even if you have not filed your taxes.
  • You do not need your landlord’s permission to apply.
  • Once you apply, it takes around 10-15 days to hear back.
  • The NYC Rent Freeze program also includes the 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

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3. What you need to include

To apply for SCRIE, you will need copies of documents that prove:

  • Who you are (and your age)
  • Where you live
    • You need to prove your rent which includes prior and current documents or leases.
  • Income
    • This includes your income and the income of all household members who lived in your apartment for the year before you submit your application. For example, if you apply in 2022, you will need income information for 2021.

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

Proof of student status

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

Apply online

If you are applying for SCRIE for the first time, you can apply online.

Apply during a virtual appointment

  1. You can get help applying to SCRIE by scheduling a virtual appointment. When scheduling:Under “Select Service”, choose Renter and Homeowner Exemption Programs. Then, choose “Rent Freeze (SCRIE or DRIE) Initial application.
  2. Under “Select Location”, choose “Exemptions Virtual Appointments.”
  3. Choose a date and time. Then, fill out your contact information to create your appointment.

Apply online

Apply by mail

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the websites

Visit the NYC Rent Freeze Program website to learn more.

Review the frequently asked questions for the Rent Freeze Program during COVID-19.

If you live in an HPD development, visit HPD’s website to learn more about HPD-supervised SCRIE.

Contact SCRIE

Request assistance from the Department of Finance.

Email HPD

For questions about HPD-supervised SCRIE, email

Call 311

Ask for a SCRIE specialist.

Call SCRIE using TTY

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

Call HPD

Call 212-863-8494 if you have questions about HPD-supervised SCRIE.

Last Updated Monday, March 14th, 3:09pm

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