The law grants certain exemptions from rent increases to tenants who are senior citizens.
If a tenant or tenant’s spouse is 62 years of age or older and is living in a rent regulated apartment, and the
combined household income is at or below the income eligibility level and they are paying at least 1/3 of their disposable
income toward their rent, the senior citizen tenant may qualify for the SENIOR CITIZEN RENT INCREASE
If a tenant qualifies for this program, the tenant is exempt from future rent guidelines increases, Maximum Base
Rent increases, fuel cost adjustments, and increases based on the owner’s economic hardship and Major
Capital Improvements. However, the tenant must pay the additional security deposit.
In NYC, the Department of Finance (DOF) administers the SCRIE program.
To apply for SCRIE, the tenant of a NYC rent controlled or rent stabilized apartment must file an application with:
NYC Department of Finance
59 Maiden Lane, 19th Floor
New York, New York 10038
Web Site: www.nyc.gov/dof
Tenants may also contact New York City's Citizen Service Center by dialing 311.
In NYC, the income eligibility level currently in effect is at $29,000. Tenants receiving a NYC Senior Citizen
Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) may choose a one-or two-year lease renewal. NYC senior citizen tenants may also
carry this exemption from one apartment to another upon moving, upon the proper application being made to DOF.
In the counties outside of NYC covered by the Emergency Tenant Protection Act, the New York State Division
of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) administers the SCRIE program. To apply for SCRIE, the tenant of
the rent regulated apartment must file an application with:
District Rent Office
75 South Broadaway
White Plains, New York 10601
Outside NYC, SCRIE is a local option and communities have different income eligibility limits and
exemption allowances. Seniors applying for a SCRIE are required to choose a two-year renewal lease.
Applications for SCRIE exemptions are made to the Division of Housing and Community Renewal on the Tax
Abatement Certificate and Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Application and Order (DHCR form RTP-13).
Owners receive certificates for real estate tax payment. If you live in Nassau or Westchester County, call
(914) 948-4434, to obtain an application and to inquire about your municipality's income eligibility level.
Municipalities outside of New York City with a SCRIE Program are listed below.
|Glen Cove||Town of North Hempstead|
|Village of Hempstead|
|Great Neck Plaza||Village of Thomaston|
|Village of Dobbs Ferry|
|Town of Greenburgh||City of New Rochelle|
|Village of Hastings on Hudson|
|Village of Irvington||Village of Pleasantville|
|Village of Larchmont||Village of Tarrytown|
|Town of Mamaroneck||Village of Sleepy Hollow|
|Village of Mamaroneck||City of White Plains|
|City of Mount Vernon||City of Yonkers|
|City of Rye|
For more information or assistance, call the DHCR Rent InfoLine, or call or visit your Borough or County Rent Office.
92-31 Union Hall Street
Jamaica, NY 11433
25 Beaver Street
New York, NY
South side of 110th St. and below
55 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
2400 Halsey Street
Bronx, NY 10461
163 W. 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
North side of 110th St. and above
75 South Broadway
White Plains,NY 10601
Last updated on 02/22/13