The Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) is an exemption against future rent increases for eligible disabled persons living in rent-controlled, rent-stabilized, Mitchell-Lama and other eligible apartments. Landlords receive tax credits to make up the difference between the frozen rent and what the DRIE tenants would be paying without the benefit.
Applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements for DRIE benefits, including the following:
• Be at least 18 years old
• The apartment must be the applicant's primary residence
• No one living in the apartment can be receiving SCRIE
• Tenants must live in private homes (New York City Housing Authority development and/or receive Section 8 rental subsidies do not qualify for DRIE)
• Be the tenant of record, named on the lease or rent order or have been granted succession rights to the apartment
• Rent an apartment defined as eligible under the law (Rent Stabilized, Rent Controlled, Mitchell-Lama, Limited Dividend, Redevelopment, Housing Development Fund Company (HDFC) cooperative, Section 213 cooperative)
• Have a calendar year 2013 household income of $50,000 or less. There is no longer a difference in the income requirements for DRIE for one person vs. two or more person household.
• Pay more than one-third of the household monthly income for rent
• Have the "Notice of Award " from Social Security, and receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), VA Disability Pension, VA Compensation, or Disability-related Medicaid
For assistance with DRIE, including enrollment, renewals, appeals, transfers, and adjustments, tenants and landlords can email the Department of Finance DRIE Unit at DRIE@finance.nyc.gov, or visit the SCRIE and DRIE Walk-in Office at 66 John Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY , Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Several community-based organizations also provide assistance with DRIE enrollment.