If you are aged 62 or above or live with a disability you could be eligible to have your rent frozen at a level you can afford through the Rent Freeze Program.
The City is hosting three information sessions on the program this month, and those wanting to join the program or renew their benefits are being urged to attend.
The sessions are August 24 at 11:00am, August 26 at 11:00am and August 31 at 4:00pm. Click here to register for session.
The NYC Rent Freeze Program, which includes the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program and the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program, applied a property tax credit to cover the difference between the actual rent amount and what the tenant is responsible for paying at the frozen rate.
The longer a tenant is in the program, the greater the benefit; if an eligible tenant entered the program today they could live in their apartment at the same rate for 20 years.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has given SCRIE and DRIE recipients an extra six-month grace period to renew their enrollment in the program, which can be further extended for six months, but has said renewal will ultimately be required, and tenants will need to maintain all necessary documents for submission.
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.
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