SCRIE helps eligible senior citizens 62 and older stay in affordable housing by freezing their rent. Tenants can keep paying what they were paying even if their landlord increases the rent. The landlord gets a property tax credit that covers the difference between the new and original rent amount.
Only senior citizens who live in certain rentals or developments can qualify for SCRIE.Renew on time to keep paying the same amount of rent in the future as you do now.You are not required to file taxes to qualify for SCRIE.You do not need your landlord's permission to apply.The NYC Rent Freeze program also includes the (https://access.nyc.gov/programs/disability-rent-increase-exemption-drie/) Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) for people with disabilities.
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 (or the share certificate if you live in a Mitchell-Lama development)?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 apartmenta rent controlled apartmenta rent regulated hotel or single room occupancy unita Mitchell-Lama developmenta Limited Dividend Housing Company developmenta Redevelopment Company developmenta Housing Development Fund Company development
To apply for SCRIE, you will need copies of documents that prove:Who you are (and your age)Where you liveYou need to prove your rent which includes prior and current documents or leases.IncomeThis 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 2023, you will need income information for 2022.
How to Apply
Apply through the Department of Finance (DOF) if you live in a:rent stabilized apartmentrent controlled apartmentrent regulated hotel or single room occupancy unitIf you are applying for SCRIE for the first time, you can apply online through the Department of Finance (DOF) (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/rentfreeze/tools/nyc-tap.page) . You can also (https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/finance/jump/dof-appointments.html) schedule a virtual appointment (https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/rentfreeze/downloads/pdf/scrie/scrie-initial-application-only.pdf) to apply for SCRIE. To apply by mail, (https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/hpd/downloads/pdfs/services/scrie-application.pdf) download the DOF SCRIE application (mailto:[email protected]) . Mail your completed and signed application along with the supporting documents to:Rent Freeze Program – SCRIEP.O. Box 3179Union, NJ 07083Apply through the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) if you live in a:Mitchell-Lama developmentRedevelopment Company developmentHDFCfederally-assisted 213 co-op Download and complete the HPD SCRIE application. Email your completed HPD SCRIE application to [email protected] or mail it to:HPD SCRIE Unit100 Gold Street, 7th floorNew York, New York, 10038
Complete the online application through the Department of Finance (DOF) (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/rentfreeze/tools/nyc-tap.page) if you are applying for SCRIE for the first time.You can get help applying to SCRIE by (https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/finance/jump/dof-appointments.html) scheduling a virtual appointment with DOF.
Find a center
Visit SCRIE website (http://nyc.gov/rentfreeze) to learn more about this program. (http://www1.nyc.gov/site/finance/about/contact-by-email/contact-scrie.page) Email SCRIE (mailto:[email protected]) for more informationCall 311 (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/services-and-information/scrie-drie.page) and ask for a SCRIE specialist or 212-639-9675 if you have a hard time hearingFor HPD-supervised SCRIE:Email [email protected]Visit HPD's website to learn more.Call at 212-863-8494 for any questions.