What is the NYC Rent Freeze Program?
The NYC Rent Freeze Program, which includes the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program and the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program, helps those eligible stay in affordable housing by freezing their rent.
Under this program, a property tax credit covers the difference between the actual rent amount and what you (the tenant) are responsible for paying at the frozen rate.
The longer you are in the program, the greater the benefit. If you enter the program today, continue to renew and meet all eligibility requirements, the current amount you pay for rent today could be the same in 20 years.
If you are a senior or a person with a disability, this website will provide you with all of the necessary information you need, including eligibility requirements, the application process, benefits, renewals and answers to frequently asked questions.
Need additional time to file your renewal application due to COVID-19?
The Department of Finance recognizes that SCRIE and DRIE recipients may have difficulties renewing their enrollment in the Rent Freeze Program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While SCRIE/DRIE recipients should renew as soon as possible, please note that recipients have an automatic six-month grace period to renew.
If you still have problems renewing due to COVID-19-related concerns after the expiration of the grace period, we will consider this as a basis for granting you an additional six months to renew. There will be no disruption to your benefits during this time. However, please understand that renewal will ultimately be required, and that you should securely maintain all necessary documents for eventual submission.
Need Help Due to a Disability?
If you need help accessing Department of Finance (DOF) programs and services or need more time because of a disability or physical or mental impairment, you can request additional time to file or obtain other assistance.
To request more time or other assistance, you may call 311, write to DOF, schedule a virtual appointment
or complete a "Request for an Extension of Time Due to a Disability or Physical or Mental Impairment
." This form is also available by contacting 311. You may need to submit medical documentation supporting your request.
If an extension of time or other request for assistance is approved, you will need to submit all renewal documents and meet all of the program's eligibility requirements.