Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program Information for Tenants

Tenants that qualify for the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Program can have their rent frozen so it cannot be increased. For more information you can download "Your Guide to the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) Programs".


  • Rent an apartment that is:
    • Regulated by the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (i.e. rent-controlled or rent stabilized apartments);
    • Mitchell Lama apartment or co-op;
    • Owned by a limited dividend housing company, redevelopment company or housing development fund company incorporated under the private housing finance law; or
    • Section 213 Cooperative Housing Companies.
  • Be the adult head of household (18 years of age or older) named on the lease or rent order, be the tenant of record, be the spouse or registered domestic partner with a disability or either of the above. Receive eligible State or Federal disability-related financial assistance:
    • Federal Supplementary Security Income (SSI);
    • Federal Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI);
    • US Department of Veterans Affairs disability pension or compensation (Must be Military service-related disability pension or compensation); or
    • Disability-related Medicaid (if the applicant has received either SSI or SSDI in the past).
  • Income:
    • Single-person household - $20,412 or less;
    • Two or more household - $29,484 or less;
    • Pay more than one-third of the total household's income for rent.

How to Apply
Mail your completed Disability Rent Increase Exemption initial application and include all required documents. You may also apply online via AccessNYC. After you apply online you must mail all required documents.

Your benefit must be renewed before your lease ends. To continue getting your DRIE benefit, mail your completed Disability Rent Increase Exemption renewal application and include all required documents before the "End Date" stated on your Approval Order. We will mail you a renewal application approximately 60 days before your DRIE benefit expires. However, if for any reason you do not receive the renewal application, you must still submit a renewal application or your benefit will expire. For more information, please go to the SCRIE/DRIE Brochure for Tenants/Landlords.

Forms and Reports

Need Help?

  • Visit the SCRIE/DRIE walk-in office from 8:30am - 4:30pm at:
    66 John Street, 3rd Floor
    New York, NY 10038
    Wheelchair Accessible Wheelchair accessible
  • Contact 311