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2005-B-15: The Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program and Other Housing Assistance Programs for People with Disabilities and Senior Citizens Residing in New York City

To: All Limited-Profit, Not-For-Profit and Limited Dividend Housing Companies Located in New York City: Owners, Managing Agents and Site Managers

From: Jane I. Berrie, Director Housing Management Bureau

Date: November 17, 2005

Subject: The Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program and Other Housing Assistance Programs for People with Disabilities and Senior Citizens Residing in New York City


Governor Pataki recently signed an amendment to the Real Property Tax Law which permits municipalities to extend rent or carrying charge increase exemptions to qualifying disabled tenants living in rent-regulated apartments. New York City is implementing this legislation under the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program administered by the NYC Department of Finance.

Attached is a bulletin describing the new DRIE program as well as other programs which assist eligible New York City disabled and/or senior citizen residents by exempting them from certain rent or carrying charge increases and property taxes. Note that the programs on the face of the bulletin apply to rentals and cooperatives and the programs on the reverse side apply only to cooperatives. These programs compensate landlords by providing them with credits against their real property taxes equal to the value of the exemptions. Complete program information is available on the Department of Finance website at:

www.nyc.gov/html/dof/html/property/property_tax_reduc_drie_dr_te.shtml

Managing agents should disseminate this bulletin to residents of their State-supervised New York City developments promptly, so that benefits can be made available to eligible applicants as soon as possible. In addition, applications for programs applicable to each development should be made available in the management office, and residents should be assisted as needed in the application process.

Questions concerning this memorandum can be addressed to your assigned Management Representative or to Veda Ramos at (212) 480-7345, or vramos@nyshcr.org.

-Jane I. Berrie


MITCHELL-LAMA RESIDENT INFORMATIONAL BULLETIN

New York City Housing Assistance Programs for People with Disabilities and Senior Citizens

Following is a brief description of housing assistance programs available to qualifying disabled persons and senior citizens who reside in New York City. Complete program information and applications are available on the New York City Department of Finance website at:

www.nyc.gov/html/dof/html/property/property_tax_reduc_drie_dr_te.shtml

Disabled Rent Increase Exemption Program (DRIE)

This program offers qualifying disabled tenants/cooperators an exemption from all or some increases in rent, carrying charges, capital assessments or voluntary capital contributions. To qualify, the following conditions must be met:


For assistance completing the DRIE application, contact 311 or visit the web site of the NYC Department of Finance and download a DRIE application at: www.nyc.gov/html/dof/html/property/property_tax_reduc_drie_dr_te.shtml

Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Program (SCRIE)

This program offers qualifying senior citizens an exemption from all or some increases in rents, carrying charges, capital assessments or voluntary capital contributions. To qualify, the following conditions must be met on the effective date of the increase:

Senior citizens living in Mitchell-Lama developments can contact the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development for information at (212) 863-8494 and can obtain an application and instructions on their website at:

www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/downloads/pdf/SCRIE-instruction-app.pdf.

The Disabled Homeowners' Exemption Program (DHE)

This program provides property tax exemptions to qualifying low income disabled owners of houses, condominiums, and cooperative apartments. Exemptions range from five to fifty percent of the property's assessed value, depending on the applicant's household income. To qualify, the following conditions must be met:

For assistance completing the DHE application, please contact 311.

Senior Citizen Homeowners' Exemption Program (SCHE)

This program provides a partial property tax exemption of the assessed value of a legal residence that is occupied by a qualifying senior citizen who has a limited income. The amount of the exemption is determined by the total adjusted annual income of all the owners. To qualify, the following conditions must be met:

For assistance completing the SCHE application, please contact 311.

Last updated on 6/8/12