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Your Guide To The Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption ...

Your Guide To The Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program And The Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program New York City Department of Finance David M. Frankel Commissioner NYC Department of Finance Michael R. Bloomberg Mayor City of New York Table of Contents Letter from our Mayor and Commissioner ..5. Section 1 All About SCRIE for What is SCRIE?..8. Am I eligible? ..8. Income information ..8. Which household members' income is used to determine income? ..8. Do I include roommate income?..8. How do I show income if I don't file taxes?..8. How does Finance calculate my income?..8. Rent information ..8. How does Finance determine if rent is 1/3 of income?..9. How does Finance determine my frozen rent amount?..9. Preferential What increases are covered under SCRIE?..9. When is a Major Capital Improvement (MCI) covered? ..10. When is an MCI not covered?

SCRIE for Tenants In 1970, the City of New York began the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (or SCRIE) program. The SCRIE program helps seniors (aged 62 or over) who have limited means remain in affordable housing.

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1 Your Guide To The Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program And The Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program New York City Department of Finance David M. Frankel Commissioner NYC Department of Finance Michael R. Bloomberg Mayor City of New York Table of Contents Letter from our Mayor and Commissioner ..5. Section 1 All About SCRIE for What is SCRIE?..8. Am I eligible? ..8. Income information ..8. Which household members' income is used to determine income? ..8. Do I include roommate income?..8. How do I show income if I don't file taxes?..8. How does Finance calculate my income?..8. Rent information ..8. How does Finance determine if rent is 1/3 of income?..9. How does Finance determine my frozen rent amount?..9. Preferential What increases are covered under SCRIE?..9. When is a Major Capital Improvement (MCI) covered? ..10. When is an MCI not covered?

2 10. What increases are not covered under SCRIE?..10. How do I apply?..10. Where can I find an application? ..10. Do I need my landlord's permission?..10. If a household member already has SCRIE/DRIE, can I apply? ..10. What documents do I need to send to Finance with my application? ..11. Where do I send my application and documents? ..12. What happens after I apply? ..12. Can I stop paying my rent increases? ..12. How will I know if I'm approved or denied? ..12. When does my SCRIE benefit begin/end?..12. Is there a retroactive credit for my landlord?..12. Will I receive a check from Finance? ..12. Can I appeal? ..13. Can my landlord refuse to participate in SCRIE? ..13. Can I be evicted because I receive the SCRIE benefit?..13. Does SCRIE protect me from eviction?..13. Renewing your SCRIE Do I have to renew my SCRIE benefit?..13. Will Finance mail me a renewal application?

3 13. Do I need to send anything with my renewal application?..13. What if I don't have a renewal lease? ..13. Where can I get a renewal application? ..13. Will my landlord be paid if I forget to renew? ..14. Is there a grace period my landlord is required to continue my benefit? ..14. Can I check the status of my renewal application and benefit? ..14. Changes during my benefit What happens if I move? ..14. Major Capital Improvement increases ..14. Do I have to switch my DRIE to SCRIE when I turn 62? ..15. What happens to my SCRIE benefit when I die?..15. What if a surviving household member is eligible for DRIE not SCRIE?..15. I have questions; who can assist me? ..15. Section 2 All About DRIE for What is DRIE? ..18. Am I eligible?..18. Income Which household members' income is used to determine income? ..18. Do I include roommate income? ..18. How do I show income if I don't file taxes?

4 18. How does Finance calculate my income?..19. Rent information ..19. How does Finance determine if rent is 1/3 of income? ..19. How does Finance determine my frozen rent amount? ..19. Preferential Rent ..19. What increases are covered under DRIE? ..20. When is a Major Capital Improvement (MCI) covered?..20. When is an MCI not covered? ..20. What increases are not covered under DRIE?..20. How do I apply? ..21. Where can I find an application?..21. Do I need my landlord's permission? ..21. If a household member already has SCRIE/DRIE can I apply?..21. What documents do I need to send to Finance with my application?..22. Where do I send my application and documents? ..23. What happens after I apply?..23. Can I stop paying my rent increases?..23. How will I know if I'm approved or denied?..23. When does my DRIE benefit begin/end? ..23. Is there a retroactive credit for my landlord?

5 23. Will I receive a check from Finance? ..24. Can I appeal? ..24. Can my landlord refuse to participate in DRIE? ..24. Can I be evicted because I receive the DRIE benefit? ..24. Does DRIE protect me from eviction?..24. Renewing your DRIE Do I have to renew my DRIE benefit?..24. Will Finance mail me a renewal application?..24. Do I need to send anything with my renewal application?..24. What if I don't have a renewal lease? ..25. Where can I get a renewal application? ..25. Will my landlord be paid if I forget to renew?..25. Is there a grace period my landlord is required to continue my benefit?..25. Can I check the status of my renewal application and benefit?..25. Changes during my benefit period ..25. What happens if I move?..25. Major Capital Improvement increases ..26. Do I have to switch my DRIE to SCRIE when I turn 62? ..26. What happens to my DRIE benefit when I die?

6 26. How does a family member apply to receive my DRIE benefits? ..26. I have questions; who can assist me? ..26. Section 3 - DRIE and SCRIE for landlords ..27. What are DRIE and SCRIE? ..27. Who is eligible?..27. Landlord's role in a tenant's application for Does my tenant need my permission to apply?..28. Can I refuse to participate in DRIE or SCRIE? ..28. Tenant's frozen rent information ..28. How do these programs work for me?..28. Preferential Rent ..28. What increases are covered under DRIE/SCRIE?..29. When is a Major Capital Improvement (MCI) covered?..29. When is an MCI not covered? ..29. What increases are not covered under DRIE/SCRIE? ..29. First time How will I know if a tenant has been approved for DRIE/SCRIE? ..29. When does a tenant's benefit begin/end?..29. Is there a retroactive credit for the landlord? ..30. What should I do if my tenant is due a retroactive credit?

7 30. Can I appeal the approval? ..30. Tax Abatement Credit (TAC) ..31. How often will I receive DRIE/SCRIE TACs? ..31. Are TACs credited in advance of the lease period?..31. Will I receive retroactive TACs? ..31. Will I ever have a TAC debited from my account? ..31. Will I receive TAC notifications? ..31. Casado vs. Markus ..32. Can I check online? ..32. Can I apply for a refund?..32. Renewing a DRIE/SCRIE Do tenants have to renew their benefit? ..32. Will Finance send a renewal application? ..32. Can I help my tenant renew?..32. Is there a grace period requiring landlords to honor a tenant's DRIE/SCRIE frozen rent? ..33. Can I check the status of a tenant's renewal application and benefit? ..33. Changes during a tenant's benefit What happens if my tenant dies/vacates their apartment? ..33. Will I receive a notice if a tenant is revoked? ..33. Major Capital Improvement What if I think the TAC is incorrect?

8 34. Can a family member inherit the DRIE/SCRIE benefits? ..34. The building owner/management company has I have questions; who can assist me? ..34. Glossary of Terms ..35. Dear New Yorkers, I am pleased to present you with this Guide to the SCRIE ( Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption ) and DRIE (Disability Rent Increase Exemption ) programs . Both of these programs provide a valuable housing benefit to seniors and disabled renters to help keep their rents affordable. With that in mind, Finance has developed this Guide to help you determine if you qualify for SCRIE or DRIE and how the application process works. Our goal is to make the process transparent and easy to understand so that qualified New Yorkers receive these vital benefits. All of the information you need about these programs is in this booklet. Finance is committed to providing you with assistance should you need it.

9 Please feel free to visit our SCRIE/DRIE office at 66 John Street in Manhattan on the 3rd Floor. Our website, at , is also a great place to get answers and applications. We have the applications in Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Korean and are working to get them in more languages. 311 can provide you with applications and information as well. If you think you are eligible for SCRIE or DRIE, please contact us, visit our website or come to our SCRIE/DRIE office! All the best, Mayor, City of New York Commissioner, Department of Finance 5. 6. SCRIE for Tenants In 1970, the City of New York began the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (or SCRIE) program. The SCRIE program helps seniors (aged 62 or over) who have limited means remain in affordable housing. The SCRIE program is designed to protect eligible seniors from most rent increases who live in: rent controlled.

10 Rent stabilized apartments; or rent-regulated residential hotel units. (Please note: If you live in public housing administered by NYCHA or receive Section 8, you are not eligible for SCRIE.). Building owners (landlords) are credited for the difference between the actual rent and what SCRIE. tenants are responsible for paying. The Department of Finance (Finance) wants to make sure you: understand the SCRIE program; and receive the benefits you are entitled to. If you are a tenant who is a Senior , this Guide will you tell you whether you are eligible for SCRIE and assist you through the application process. 7. WHAT IS SCRIE? cooperative buildings that are not subject to rent regulation). The Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Public housing units administered by the (SCRIE) program administered by Finance offers New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).


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